Amazon is aware that its employees allegedly urinate in water bottles and defecate in bags, documents show.
The tech giant suggested in a tweet to Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisconsin, that multiple reports published in recent years alleging poor working conditions at Amazon and evidence of employees complaining of urinating in water bottles or not having enough time to use the bathroom were false.
“You really don’t believe in peeing in bottles, do you?” Amazon tweeted on Thursday. “If that were true, no one would work for us. The truth is, we have over a million incredible employees around the world who are proud of what they do and have great salaries and healthcare from day one.
The tweet came in response to criticism from Pocan, who accused the company of appearing to be a “progressive workplace.”
“Paying workers $ 15 / hour doesn’t make it a ‘progressive workplace’ when a union breaks [and] make workers pee in water bottles, “said the congressman.
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Internal documents obtained by New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and digital investigative news outlet The Intercept show that at least some Amazon management teams were aware of the fact that employees, and in particular, delivery drivers, they were urinating in the water. bottles and pooping in bags due to not having enough time to go to the bathroom.
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A Pittsburgh-based Amazon employee sent a document labeled “confidential” to the outlet that lists the behavioral violations, including “urinating in public” and “defecating in public.”
The same employee shared an email from an Amazon manager to The Intercept employees condemning the third instance of a driver defecating in a bag in two months.
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“Tonight, an associate discovered human feces in an Amazon bag that a driver returned to the station,” the email read, according to The Intercept. “This is the [third] occasion in the last [two] months in which the bags have been returned to [the] station with poop inside. We understand that [driver associates] they can have emergencies while on the road, and especially during Covid, DAs have had a hard time finding toilets during labor. “
The email continues: “We have recently noticed an increase in all kinds of unhealthy garbage left inside the bags: used masks, gloves, urine bottles. By scanning the QR code on the bag, we can easily identify the district attorney. who was in possession of the bag at the end. These behaviors are unacceptable and will result in Level 1 Infractions in the future. … I know it may seem obvious, or something that shouldn’t need training, but be explicit when communicating the message that They CANNOT poop or leave urine bottles in the bags. “
Another former Amazon delivery driver, Halie Marie Brown, told the outlet that the incidents happen because the drivers “are literally implicitly obligated to do so, otherwise we will end up losing our jobs for too many ‘undelivered packages.”
An email Brown shared with The Intercept warns employees to check their delivery vans “thoroughly for trash and urine bottles.[s]. “
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“If you find a bottle of urine[s]Please inform your leader, support staff, or me. Amazon will inspect the vans during the report[ings] yes urine bottle[s] are found, will be issued[d] a level 1 violation for immediate abandonment, “the email read, according to the outlet.
Yet another email from an Amazon manager in which a Houston-based The Intercept driver complains of “multiple serious accidents, a stolen van,” and “drivers leaving urine bottles, etc. in vans.”
Several reporters who have investigated allegations of evidence of working conditions at Amazon shared evidence that employees complained about urinating in water bottles or not having enough time to use the bathroom on Twitter.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a Fox News inquiry.
Progressive politicians like Ocasio-Cortez, Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, and Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, as well as conservative politicians, including Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, have increased pressure on Amazon to improve and be more transparent about workers’ conditions at its facility as laborers in Bessemer, Alabama, prompted a union vote that the company tried to delay without success.
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Amazon’s official brand account on Twitter has clashed with multiple lawmakers in recent days as the company tries to beat unflattering allegations.
The company has come under scrutiny after employees around the world complained about poor working conditions amid COVID-19. On the other hand, Amazon has employed 500,000 global workers in 2020, including seasonal workers, bringing its total workforce to more than 1.3 million, the company announced during its fourth-quarter earnings call. It also reached a market capitalization of $ 1 trillion in January,
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The company has implemented a series of new COVID-19 security measures and tests 700 employees per hour, according to its results report. It also allocated $ 2.5 billion in additional pay for employees, who are paid $ 15 an hour, in 2020, as well as full health care benefits.