Amazon workers at 2 Chicago-area facilities quit their jobs

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CHICAGO — Amazon workers at two Chicago-area facilities walked off the job to demand better working conditions.

The walkouts began early Wednesday morning at the Cicero and Gage Park facilities. This is the first-ever multi-site work stoppage at Amazon in the United States.

The workers delivered a petition to Amazon management asking for a staff increase and a $3 pay raise for all employees at both facilities.

“We are leaving to demand raises, safe staffing and other necessary improvements to our working conditions. Amazon broke multiple salary and bonus promises, while inconsistently granting raises to different delivery positions where we do the same work,” said Amazonians United Chicagoland member Ted Miin. “Amazon management is continually reducing staff in key positions in the warehouse, resulting in unsafe working conditions for those of us who are forced to move too fast, overstrain our bodies and walk on the parcels. We demand to be paid fairly for the hard work we do during Megacycle’s 10-hour night shifts during this ongoing pandemic, for Amazon to keep all of its salary and bonus promises, and for management to staff securely all necessary roles at each site.”

Amazon did not directly respond to the petition, saying only that workers have the right to protest and that Amazon was offering competitive wages and benefits.

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