Amazon workers at California air hub walk out of their jobs

Workers at Amazon’s San Bernardino air hub in Southern California quit their jobs Monday in protest for better wages and working conditions.

Why it matters: More than 150 people took part in the strike as part of the first coordinated labor action in Amazon’s expanding air freight network, according to the Washington Post.

Yes but: Amazon disputes the figure. Spokesperson Paul Flningan told WashPost that about 74 employees participated in Monday’s action.

Send the news: The workers, who are organized independently, are demanding a $5-per-hour pay increase, improved health and safety standards and an end to what they described as “warehouse retaliation,” according to the report. a statement of Inland Empire Amazon Workers United.

  • The group leading the local movement says Amazon is the largest private sector employer in the Inland Empire and claims the company has failed to provide quality jobs to the community amid huge profits since the start of the pandemic.

What they say: “Whether we suffer from heat exhaustion, not getting paid enough to pay the rent, or retaliating for speaking out, we know we deserve better,” said Inland Empire Amazon Workers United.

  • “We demand higher standards.”

The other side: “We value and respect the direct relationship we have with our employees to discuss and address feedback,” Flningan told WashPost.

  • “Through this open door policy, we have many communication channels that we use, including All Hands meetings, that help us address employee concerns.”

By the numbers: The Amazon Air Freight Fulfillment Center, which opened last year, has approximately 1,500 employees.

  • It is the company’s seventh air site in California and uses Amazon Prime planes to ship packages across the country.

The big picture: Amazon has backed down against union efforts in its US operations.

  • Monday’s strike underscores that a growing labor movement within the company is showing no signs of slowing down.
  • Amazon representatives did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.

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