On Wednesday, a group of Amazon employees called We Won’t Build It sent an internal letter denouncing the company’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and calling on the company to better protect its workers at data centers, fulfillment centers, and Whole Foods amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Employees have already tested positive for coronavirus at Whole Foods and some warehouses, and the letter says Amazon should offer them unconditional paid sick leave.
“Local and national governments, as well as international authorities, have been taking extraordinary measures to attempt to minimize the harm of this modern plague. And all the while, Amazon is taking steps to ensure that many of those measures are futile,” the letter said.
Another point of protest: Palantir, which builds software that helps ICE track down undocumented immigrants, is a customer of the Amazon Web Services cloud.
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A group of Amazon employees sent an internal letter on Wednesday calling out their company’s work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and asking it to better protect its warehouse workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The letter was written by a group called We Won’t Build It, which is also calling on the company to better protect its fulfillment center and data center workers, as well as Whole Foods employees.
“Local and national governments, as well as international authorities, have been taking extraordinary measures to attempt to minimize the harm of this modern plague. And all the while, Amazon is taking steps to ensure that many of those measures are futile,” the letter said. You can read the full letter below.
While many Amazon employees like software engineers have been able to work from home, the letter denounced how Amazon kept its Whole Food stores and warehouses running even though employees there tested positive for coronavirus. While Amazon now offers two weeks of paid sick leave for these employees, the letter says they should receive unconditional paid leave.
The letter was sent to Amazon’s We Won’t Build It internal mailing list, which has over 600 members. The group is not asking for signatures, but instead asking employees to discuss these issues with these colleagues, share their support for the letter, and donate to a GoFundMe to support workers who have contracted COVID-19, the coronavirus disease.
The letter also took a stand against Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), denouncing how it has been arresting people at hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The demands of the We Won’t Build It campaign have not changed,” the letter said. “They have always been life or death for many people. Now they are life and death for all of us. Amazon must discontinue providing services to the people and agencies that are threatening the lives and health of this country and the entire world, and ensure the health and safety of all of our co-workers and colleagues, regardless of job role.”
We Won’t Build It has previously demanded that the company turn away the business of Palantir, which hosts its …read more
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