Amazon employee Chris Smalls organized a walkout and strike against the company yesterday. According to The New York Post, he was fired shortly thereafter.
“They pretty much retaliated against me for speaking out,” Smalls explains. “I don’t know how they sleep at night.”
Amazon is under fire as their Staten Island warehouse employees are striking and protesting over coronavirus concerns. As the New York Post reports, 50 Amazon workers came together to protest the company’s handling of the virus. They add that so far, 25 of the warehouse’s employees have tested for coronavirus. Amazon is disputing these numbers.
This is the second time that the Amazon employees in Staten Island have gone on strike. As we reported, there was another protest at the end of March that led to an employee, Christopher Smalls, getting fired by the company. Vox News reports his termination has been controversial within the company’s ranks.
In a statement, Amazon defends itself, saying, “Of the more than 5,000 employees at our Staten Island fulfillment center, less than 10 people participated in today’s demonstration – half of whom were not Amazon employees.” They add, “Like all businesses grappling with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we are working hard to keep employees safe while serving communities and the most vulnerable. We have taken extreme measures to keep people safe, tripling down on deep cleaning, procuring safety supplies that are available and changing processes to ensure those in our buildings are keeping safe distances.”
Amazon warehouse workers in Chicago and Detroit also held rallies and work stoppages in recent weeks over coronavirus-related safety concerns.