Amazon workers to stage a walkout
Amazon employees at the company's Staten Island, New York, facility plan to walk off the job Monday amid allegations the online retail giant has mishandled its response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Employees are protesting Amazon's decision to keep the Staten Island warehouse open despite news of a confirmed case of the virus there last week, said Christian Smalls, a process assistant at the facility who is leading the walkout.
Many more employees have tested positive for the virus at the facility than the company has publicly acknowledged, Smalls said, claiming that as many as five to seven workers have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.
An Amazon spokesperson said in a statement Sunday evening that the company's top priority is the health and safety of its employees.
The spokesperson said that Amazon "recently implemented daily temperature screenings in our operations sites as an additional preventative measure to support the health and safety of our customers and employees."