Amazon workers walk out to protest return policies and climate change

Several hundred technical and administrative workers at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters went on strike today, urging the tech and retail giant to adopt more climate-friendly policies and regulations mandating office work.

Speaking outside the company’s headquarters on Wednesday morning, several speakers at an event broadcast on Twitter said climate change was not being taken seriously by Amazon, calling for policies that would reduce the company’s impact on the environment. Can do , The event was organized by a group called Amazon Employees for Climate Justice.

Representatives from other groups—including the Awood Center, a Minneapolis labor advocacy group that helped Amazon warehouse workers in that city organize better working conditions—sent messages of support, and speakers included local climate justice action group 350 Seattle, Shemona Moreno directors were involved. ,

“Keep pushing Amazon to be part of the Green New Deal,” Moreno urged.

“If you organize you can replace the Amazon,” said Abdirahman Museum, executive director of the Edgewood Center.

Part of the reason for the strike, according to a statement from Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ), is the company’s recent admission that it has lost its commitment to its “Shipment Zero” policy, which committed to cutting carbon emissions in 2019. Had resolved to Decreased, dropped. Net zero on 50% of its shipments by 2030.

“I am surprised that senior leadership has quietly abandoned one of the key goals of the Climate Pledge,” an unnamed staffer said in the statement. “It’s yet another sign that leaders are still not putting climate impact at the center of their decision-making. That’s why I ran.

The group also accused Amazon of going back on other commitments to reduce its environmental impact, including underestimating its carbon footprint, disproportionately locating high-polluting activities in communities of color, and the issue of accused of flouting the law. of clean energy.

Amazon spokesman Brad Glasser urged patience, saying it would take time for many of the items in the company’s climate pledge to be realized.

“While we would all like to be there tomorrow, for companies like ours, which use a lot of power and have very significant transportation, packaging and physical manufacturing resources, it will take time to get there,” Glasser said.

push back when you return to the office

The strike was also organized to protest against the compulsory return policy of the company. The AECJ statement called the return-to-office policy a “strange rollout” and said it threatened the company’s long-term success.

“If we want to attract the best people from around the world, senior leadership needs to change with the times,” an employee said in the statement. “I no longer trust senior leadership decision making and I know I am not alone.”

Glasser’s statement said Amazon was “pleased” with how the first month of the new policy went.

“There’s more energy, collaboration and connection, and we’ve heard it from many employees and businesses around our offices,” Glasser said. “We understand that getting back to the office will take longer and many teams across the company are working hard to make this transition as smooth as possible for employees.”

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