With the nationwide implementation of "home isolation" under the epidemic, demand for online shopping and delivery services has risen sharply. According to the latest data, recruitment in the transportation and logistics industry surged by 7% in mid-March. American fresh food purchasing platforms Instacart, Wal-Mart, Amazon and others have said that they will quickly recruit hundreds of thousands of odd jobs.
However, contrary to the high demand, the protection of employees' life safety and basic interests is seriously lacking, so the courier brother began to say No. Recently, many mainstream American media, such as The New York Times, The New York Post, The Capitol Hill, and National Radio, have focused on this hot topic.
Courier said No to the company
The New York Post recently reported that Amazon ’s logistics warehouse in Staten Island, New York, employees held two strikes in the week from the end of March to the beginning of April, protesting Amazon ’s (Inappropriate) handling of the epidemic. " The report pointed out that Amazon employees require the company to strengthen protection measures, timely close the warehouse where the infection case has been found, and carry out in-depth cleaning. At the same time, it is required to provide paid vacations for the employees who are in good health.
The Capitol Hill also reported on strikes by Instacart employees. They asked the company to provide personal protective materials and danger allowances necessary for outbound delivery, and increase the intensity of sickness allowances. "The situation we are in is very dangerous, and we are putting ourselves in danger every day." Strike organizer Sinn Gao told the media. But in response, Instacart only stated that each delivery employee can get a reusable mask, thermometer and disinfectant hand sanitizer.
To protect, to respect
In fact, the United States is far more involved in the strike activity than the logistics industry. The New York Times detailed the recent strikes across the United States: Maine Shipyard, Michigan Chrysler Truck Manufacturer, Alabama Bus Company, Pennsylvania Sanitation Company, Tennessee Supermarket Kroger Mall, Georgia Workers from major companies such as state poultry processing plants, California and McDonald's, Illinois ... Many drivers, chefs, waiters, etc. in the service and manufacturing industries have spontaneously organized protests and strikes. An environmental sanitation worker told the New York Times: "We don't have a mask ... we demand better protective equipment!"
The New York Times wrote: "In the worst outbreak of this century, like everyone else, these workers want to protect their lives. They think the company ignores their safety and takes their work for granted . They do n’t want to risk their lives, all they get is a trivial salary. "
Mingli protection, secret revenge?
According to the "New York Post" report, in response to employee protests, Amazon introduced strict new regulations that require employees to work at a distance of six feet (equivalent to 1.8 meters) from each other, otherwise they will be warned or even expelled. Moreover, Amazon dismissed Chris Smalls, who led the strike, as a reason, accusing him of "violating the social distance criterion." Smalls told the New York Post that Amazon ’s approach was naked “retaliation”, “I do n’t know how they did it and how they slept at night.”
Once Amazon's approach was exposed, it was immediately condemned by the media and the public. Several New York officials also jointly accused Amazon of being "shameful" and "immoral." New York Attorney General Leticia James also called on the National Labor Relations Commission to investigate, and issued a statement: "When so many New Yorkers strive to pay attention to and ensure their safety, the behavior is unethical and inhumane." "New York The Post also pointed out that 40 New York officials have written to Amazon CEO Bezos calling for re-employment of Smos.
The new regulations are still "a sting"
In the wake of repeated strikes and increased treatment, the US federal government has also introduced a new law to allow more people to have two weeks of paid sick leave.
However, according to National Radio, the law only targets small businesses and does not apply to large companies with more than 500 employees. "The New York Times" pointed out that "the United States does not fully support employees' paid vacations, which are really few in developed countries." And the United States is also one of the few developed countries that does not implement paid sick leave. Although the new bill allows employees to enjoy two weeks of paid sick leave due to the New Coronary Pneumonia epidemic, large companies with more than 500 employees are exempted. This is undoubtedly a sting for American workers.