Union: We cannot allow Amazon to set health and safety standards

Amazon warehouse workers in New York are getting help from unions in their fight for better pandemic working conditions.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union is joining with European unions that have been battling Amazon over warehouse conditions there. These unions are joining lawmakers including Rep. Pramila Jayapal in asking a court for an injunction.

Together they are asking a district court in New York to compel Amazon to improve working conditions inside warehouses.

“People are getting sick now and dying in the Amazon facilities and we can’t waste any time," said Stuart Appelbaum, who leads the leads the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

“Greater health and safety protections need to be provided by the wealthiest man in the universe.”

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