Amazon employees use Prime Day to protest poor working conditions, low pay, company's links to ICE

Mail Online | 7/15/2019 | Megan Sheets For;Wires
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As Amazon shoppers seize on more than a million Prime Day deals, many of the e-commerce giant's employees are staging walk outs to protest poor working conditions, inadequate pay and the company's links to ICE.

The company's fifth annual spendaholic Superbowl kicked off on Monday and will run for two days, but the deals aren't the only thing grabbing attention.

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Employees are demanding that Amazon improve working environments, do more to combat climate change and cut its ties with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In New York, a coalition of labor groups planned to deliver a petition with 250,000 signatures to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' Manhattan home.

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Protesters marched by the billionaire's home carrying boxes with the Amazon logo turned into a frowny face and signs that said things like: 'Amazon + ICE = Detention' and 'Stop hunting our kids.'

Workers at a warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota, came up with the plan to use Prime Day to raise awareness for workers' conditions, and the strike quickly gained traction at other locations across the world.

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A group of tech workers at the company's headquarters in Seattle, called Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, is supporting the strike.

More than 2,000 workers at seven warehouses in Germany have also gone on strike.

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There were also calls on social media for a blanket boycott of Prime Day.

Massachusetts Sen Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen Bernie Sanders, both 2020 presidential hopefuls, voiced their support for workers on Twitter.

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'I fully support Amazon workers' Prime Day strike. Their fight for safe and reliable jobs is another reminder that we must come together to hold big corporations accountable,' Warren tweeted.

'Giant corporations like Amazon have too much power—in fact, nearly half of all e-commerce goes through Amazon. My administration will make big, structural changes to the tech...
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