Is Amazon Bad for Residents?
See what has been reported about Amazon in other communities, and judge for yourself.
As COVID-19 creates a boom in internet retail, companies like Amazon are going into overdrive. Labor organizers and environmental health activists are rising to the moment and confronting the wizard behind the curtain of online shopping: the logistics operations that are as problematic as they are profitable.
New York's top prosecutor has accused Amazon of falling short of health and safety laws in its response to the coronavirus pandemic. In a lawsuit, Attorney General Letitia James said Amazon had displayed a "flagrant disregard" for the rules and illegally retaliated against workers who raised concerns. Amazon last week attempted to block the lawsuit with its own legal action. It said Ms James was applying "an inconsistent and unfair" standard.
Amazon workers in France, Italy, Spain & Poland strike over labour conditions during COVID-19 pandemic
In France, Italy, Spain and Poland, workers say they have little choice but to keep working despite the risk of coronavirus infection. Amazon faces a rash of strikes and protests at sites across Europe as warehouse workers lash out over what they say are gruelling labor conditions, minimal protection and the risk of infection after several employees tested positive for coronavirus...“People are afraid,” said Agnieszka Mróz, a packer in Amazon’s warehouse in Poznań in western Poland and an activist at Inicjatywa Pracownicza (the Workers' Initiative), a trade union. “This company is using our health to make a big fortune."
ARLINGTON, Va. — Amazon deliveries may be delayed for some folks because of the coronavirus, but construction of Amazon’s Virginia headquarters is moving right along, with piledriving work so loud it’s driving the stuck-at-home neighbors crazy. For weeks on end, the relentless clang and bang from construction equipment preparing foundations for the online giant’s new headquarters has reverberated throughout Arlington County’s Pentagon City neighborhood.
The Grand Island Town Board spoke with local residents Monday night about the proposed 3.8 million-square-foot Amazon warehouse, also known as Project Olive. They were met by a majority of speakers and protestors who opposed the project and are asking for multiple public hearings before any final decisions are made.
‘Amazon is not taking care of us’: Warehouse workers say they’re struggling to get paid despite sick leave policy
Bad for the EnvironmentSharlene wanted to continue reporting to her job at Amazon. She needed the money to pay her bills and support her family. But after a trip to the emergency room, Sharlene, who didn’t want her full name used out of fear of retribution from her employer, was instructed to self-quarantine. She was experiencing shortness of breath and worried that her weak immune system, asthma and COPD, a lung disease, would put her at risk if she returned to work. Bad for the Environment
'We Were Proven Right,' Says AOC After Amazon Expands in New York Without Taking Billions in Public Cash
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested the Trump administration "focus more on cutting public assistance to billionaires instead of poor families" after news broke Friday that Amazon was expanding its presence in New York City without the state giving the company billions in tax incentives.
As 'Corporate Bribery' Lands Amazon HQ2 in Queens, Ocasio-Cortez Says 'Outrage' Best Describes Community Response
The idea that Amazon "will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need more investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here."