Statement from RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum on the Passage of the Warehouse Worker Protection Act in New York

After the NYS Senate passed the Warehouse Worker Protection Act on June 1, 2022 and the NYS Assembly passed the same bill on June 3, 2022, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum released the following statement:

"The warehousing industry is one of the most dangerous as well as one of the fastest growing in New York. Amazon alone opened an additional 30 facilities over the last twelve months, and we know that the serious injury rate at Amazon is 54% higher than the state’s entire warehousing industry. High injury rates and dangerous work quotas, especially at Amazon, simply need to be addressed and thankfully the Warehouse Worker Protection Act helps address this urgent problem. The RWDSU congratulates the New York legislature for passing this important bill, which will improve the lives of countless workers and families by making sure that those who work in warehousing get home safe. We thank Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie as well as the bill sponsors Senator Ramos and Assemblywoman Joyner for their leadership on this important bill and look forward to seeing it signed into law."