A New York union has criticized Amazon for its "deadly" and "dehumanizing" practices in a scathing report released on Wednesday as the technology giant's plan to build a New York campus sparked increased interest.
The Retailers, Wholesalers and Department Stores Union (RWDSU) report reported harsh and dangerous conditions in the technology company's warehouses, including Amazon's claims that British store workers were peeing in bottles. fearing to be punished if they took a break in the toilet. – and a host of other allegations.
The union's 13-page report, which is mainly based on public domain information and the retail giant's coverage in the press, indicates that nine workers have died in Amazon's facilities since 2013.
"Any business that is welcomed in New York to create jobs should have a reputation for treating workers fairly and respecting unions. Amazon clearly has not. As our report shows, Amazon routinely abuses and exploits its workers at all levels, whether employed in its offices or warehouses, "said Stuart Appelbaum, president of RWDSU, in a statement to Fox News.
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Although supported by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo, the retail giant has been negatively affected by politicians and local activist groups. long-term jobs in the Long Island City area of Queens, New York.
The RWDSU report also cites what it claims to be anti-union activities by Amazon, including a 45 minute training video obtained by Gizmodo that would show, it seems, to managers how to spot employee organizing activities and discourage unions without clashing with the union relations act.
However, not all unions are opposed to the planned expansion of the technology company in the Big Apple. The Construction Workers' Union, 32BJ SEIU, supported the project, praising the "thousands of good union jobs that will build, maintain and secure this complex" in a statement.
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The union's efforts against Amazon have been supported by a number of New York City officials who are calling for surveillance hearings or prosecution threats to slow or halt Amazon's expansion process. .
Jumaane Williams, a member of the New York City Council, who last year signed a letter asking Amazon to consider New York as its second seat, told the New York Post that the agreement offered the tech giant extravagant spending "and complained that local politicians had no contribution" Secret Agreement behind the scenes "and promised to" do everything in my power to fight against its application ".
An Amazon spokesperson provided Fox News with the following statement:
"This so-called report is a recap of inaccurate and exaggerated news covering several years and ignoring the facts. Amazon makes substantial positive contributions to the economy, the communities in which we operate, and the lives and careers of our employees. We have created more than 250,000 full-time and full-time jobs in the United States, paid at least $ 15 per hour. We have invested more than $ 160 billion in the US economy since 2011, creating more than 360,000 indirect jobs in construction, hospitality, logistics and other professional services . Small and medium-sized businesses selling in Amazon stores have created more than 900,000 jobs. Amazon respects the rights of employees to choose whether to join a union or not. We firmly believe that the direct connection we have with employees is the most effective way to understand the needs of our employees and to meet their needs. "