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What It's Like to Work at an Amazon Warehouse

"I would put ice on my wrists, on my shoulders, and I would sleep that way hoping that the inflammation would go down in time for my next shift." This is what it's like to work in an Amazon warehouse.

Amazon isn’t Anti-Union, but they aren't Neutral Either

This single mom worked at an Amazon fulfillment center for 6 months in 2017. It's the world’s most valuable company according to CNBC, but Aker said the value Amazon places on its workers is shocking. “There are just all kinds of improvements that can be made, but Amazon doesn't want to make those improvements and make the job more comfortable. Amazon wants to keep its bottom line low. And so, it's really despicable and people really aren't talking about it. I would go home at 6:00 o'clock in the morning after being on for eleven and a half hours and I would literally have to take as many ibuprofen as you're medically able to I would put ice my wrists, on my shoulders and I would sleep that way hoping that the inflammation would go down in time for my next shift and for four weeks it was like that.”

Amazon has more than 600,000 employees worldwide. It remains staunchly anti-union. Despite claims otherwise, this video training video was leaked to the media in 2018. After criticism over low wage standards, Amazon raised their minimum wage to $15/hour in 2018. Aker says this only served to cover up a more discreet way of withholding pay — what is the company calls “voluntary time off.” Workers worldwide protested Amazon’s factory conditions during Prime Day, Amazon’s popular 48-hour sales event according to the Associated Press. Aker says real change will only come when Amazon consumers push the company to do better. “I'm hopeful that Amazon's practices can change. We've seen that they are susceptible to pressure from the outside when Bernie Sanders introduced the Stop Bezos Bill. He really pushed Bezos to bring up the minimum wage. I do think that it's going to have to be a really bottom up grassroots type of campaign to push this.”

Brut.

07/18/2019 7:58 PM
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55 comments

  • Brut
    07/18/2019 20:24

    These Amazon employees went on strike during the Prime Day sales to protest working conditions. Here's what they want to change: https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/16/20696154/amazon-prime-day-2019-strike-warehouse-workers-inhumane-conditions-the-rate-productivity

  • Claudia T.
    07/18/2019 21:22

    It's called slave/slave wages.

  • Judith O.
    07/19/2019 03:36

    All these big corporations are the same!! That's why the CEO's are millionaires and their employees are barely scraping a living!!

  • Leah M.
    07/19/2019 05:58

    ....

  • Angel V.
    07/19/2019 08:35

    If you don't like Amazon just leave!!!

  • Viji T.
    07/19/2019 11:47

    This seems to be propaganda against Amazon by it's competitiors.

  • Salah R.
    07/19/2019 12:09

    I am completely with Amazon's side. Don't like the job? Quit. Wonder why you see 1 teenage boy working at the theater in a weekend? Unions are killing jobs, every other capitalist invests in third world countries. Do you know how much Amazon pays for their 600.000 workers worldwide? Approximately 150.000.000.000 dollars in 5 years. Pick two. Raise salaries and better work conditions - kick employees - go bankrupt.

  • Shabir S.
    07/19/2019 13:45

    Soooooook beautiful

  • Cheryl C.
    07/19/2019 13:47

    Wow. That is a considerable amount more than the UK living wage.

  • Mel S.
    07/19/2019 14:41

    How are you going to be rich and cheap at the same time...he must not know we the people can make or break him....do better Jeff!! Smh

  • Mike R.
    07/19/2019 20:30

    Sounds like being a mailhandler.

  • Peter H.
    07/19/2019 21:42

    If you don't like your job then quit.

  • Brittani M.
    07/19/2019 23:52

    This is so true when I worked as an employment specialist we took people to apply for Amazon. I was shocked at the hours required and the manual labor expected. Let alone the crazy hours. It's really inappropriate.

  • Alan G.
    07/20/2019 00:26

    Trump would say 'if you don't love it leave it' 😂

  • Nick B.
    07/20/2019 00:28

    I agree that amazon shouldn’t treat their workers poorly, but I think it would be an easier solution to put up with the hard work. If you can’t put up with a physical job with variable hours, go get a different job. People are hiring. You just have to know where to look.

  • Jeffrey S.
    07/20/2019 06:10

    Time to unionize.

  • Chris G.
    07/20/2019 17:36

    Omg!!! She had to work a 12 hour shift in a factory!!!!! This has to stop lol

  • Sachin K.
    07/21/2019 08:32

    adimakannu

  • Sajad S.
    07/21/2019 11:41

    It looks like she has arthritis

  • Sherry H.
    07/21/2019 13:57

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