Amazon workers plan Prime Day strike at Shakopee facility

Shakopee Minn. say they'll hit the online retail and entertainment giant with a brief strike next Monday. They're targeting

Just as Amazon is finalizing plans for its big Prime Day summer sale next week, the company is facing more labor problems in its Minneapolis-area warehouses.

Workers at Amazon's nonunion facilities in Minnesota began publicly complaining previous year about harsh working conditions, increasing workloads, safety and limited advancement opportunities.

"Amazon is going to be telling one story about itself, which is they can ship a Kindle to your house in one day, isn't that wonderful", strike organizer William Stolz said. The wage hike came a month after Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders introduced a bill called the Stop BEZOS Act, which would force companies like Amazon and Walmart to pay for the cost of social services like Medicare and food stamps.

But they say the company has failed to meet worker demands such as converting more temps to Amazon employees and permanently easing productivity quotas they allege make the jobs unsafe and insecure.

The strike and rally in Shakopee, Minnesota, are being organized by the Awood Center, a group that advocates for Somali and other East African workers.

'We need change. We need something, ' Mohamad said.

Organizers say the actions led to talks between employees and management last fall and spurred some modest changes.

Amazon warehouse workers in the Twin Cities region have been especially vocal in their efforts to raise labor concerns, with these efforts powered by East African Muslim employees and the local Awood Center, a worker advocacy organization. He said they've complained about the pace before, but human resources tells them to talk to their managers, who tell them to talk to HR instead.

"I think something that's really important is for workers to realize that they do have rights in the workplace, and it's okay to stand up for yourself and to try to improve things", Hamilton said. The event is not expected to affect Amazon's ability to fulfill Prime Day orders in a timely fashion. 'We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay - ranging from $16.25-$20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits including health care, up to 20 weeks parental leave, paid education, promotional opportunities, and more'.

While the planned strike will affect just one of Amazon's more than 100 US warehouses, which typically employ a couple of thousand people, the unrest coincides with increasing political pressure on the company and could embolden workers elsewhere. These demands were met but the working conditions are still not deemed to be adequate. In March, workers staged a three-hour strike.

Prime Day 2018 has plenty of good stuff for the business crowd. They don't fool around, ' he said.

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