Some of Amazon's highly paid tech workers say warehouse worker conditions are 'a source of shame'

Business Insider | 7/13/2019 | Julie Bort
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Some Amazon tech workers say they are ashamed of the working conditions of the company's warehouse workers.

The tech workers are openly sharing words of encouragement to those warehouse employees, who are planning on a short strike during Amazon Prime Day.

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The striking workers want better pay, more reasonable work expectations, and better chances for advancement.

Amazon says it already provides all of this to them.

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However, warehouse workers tell a different side of the story: They talk about the constant pressure to perform and how the company's automated systems track them, and can even automatically target them to get fired.

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A group of Amazon's tech workers are openly supporting the planned strike by Amazon warehouse workers in Shakopee, Minnesota, next week during the online retailer's Prime Day shopping event.

Some of them will even be flying out to walk the picket line and give speeches during the strike, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, the employee activist group organizing this show of support, said.

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Others are publicly sharing letters and words of encourage to the strikers via Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, with multiple employees saying they are ashamed of the treatment of the fulfillment center workers.

"The treatment of FC workers is a source of shame to me as an Amazon employee," the Amazon employee Nancy Urban wrote in a blog post shared by the activist group.

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"All Amazon employees should be proud to call themselves such. It is shameful that while Amazon chooses to be the industry leader in so many aspects of their employment policies, and yet continues to allow other aspects of their policies to be worthy of being called 'inhumane,'" another anonymous employee wrote in the blog post.

"When I was working as an engineer in Fulfillment, I spent a few days working in the warehouses and could not...
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