Amazon Workers Plan Walkout After Staten Island Warehouse Reports COVID-19 Case
Dozens, if not hundreds, of Amazon employees at the e-commerce giant’s Staten Island, New York, warehouse are planning to walk off the job on Monday — and have vowed to remain on strike until the company shuts down the facility and sanitizes it following the positive coronavirus diagnosis of at least one worker there last week.
“We want the business closed down and sanitized before we return,” Chris Smalls, a manager assistant who is leading the walkout, told the New York Post. “People are scared … We’re unsafe. There are thousands of employees at risk.”
Smalls estimated that between 50 and 200 people would take part in the strike, which is slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. Some 2,500 full-time employees work at the facility, the Post said.