Amazon has issued an apology for a pair of tweets from its company information account attacking Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Calif.) for criticizing the corporate’s office setting amid an enormous unionization push at a success middle in Alabama.
“This was an own-goal, we’re unhappy about it, and we owe an apology to Representative Pocan,” Amazon mentioned in a statement Friday.
Pocan responded Saturday morning.
“Sigh. This is not about me, this is about your workers ― who you don’t treat with enough respect or dignity,” he wrote.
Amazon has been preventing a union drive at a Bessemer, Alabama, facility that threatens to offer unionization efforts a lift elsewhere throughout the nation. The firm raised eyebrows final week for a sequence of uncharacteristically snotty responses to politicians who had been tweeting about its staff and enterprise practices.
It was a method that reportedly got here from the very prime ― Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wished his company communications staff to reply extra aggressively towards expenses of unfair labor practices, in accordance to Recode.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), amongst others, has voiced sturdy help for Amazon staff’ push for higher situations. Last Wednesday, Amazon govt Dave Clark snarkily welcomed the senator to the Alabama facility in a tweet sarcastically thanking him for his work on behalf of American staff.
“I often say we are the Bernie Sanders of employers, but that’s not quite right because we actually deliver a progressive workplace,” Clark mentioned.
It was Pocan who jumped in to reply to Clark. “Paying workers $15/hr doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles,” he tweeted.
Amazon News, a company Amazon Twitter account, responded to Pocan in a tone just like Clark’s.
“You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us,” the tweet learn.
It is, actually, well-documented that Amazon staff are topic to strict and physically demanding protocols. Some staff say they often take excessive measures to keep away from stopping their work, as a result of an excessive amount of “time off task,” as Amazon calls breaks, may end up in self-discipline.
It is much less widespread for Amazon’s warehouse staff to take rest room shortcuts, nevertheless, than it’s for delivery drivers, who’ve issue discovering public restrooms ― particularly in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
In its Friday assertion, Amazon acknowledged that the tweet was mistaken.
“It did not contemplate our large driver population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfillment centers,” the corporate defined, saying it’s conscious that supply drivers battle to search out restrooms and pledging to assist discover a resolution to the “industry-wide” downside.
Amazon then differentiated its drivers from its success middle staff.
“A typical Amazon fulfillment center has dozens of restrooms, and employees are able to step away from their work station at any time. If any employee in a fulfillment center has a different experience, we encourage them to speak to their manager and we’ll work to fix it.”
Amazon’s apology to Pocan was revealed late on Friday, which could possibly be interpreted as an effort to place it out quietly. The firm additionally remained mum on Amazon News’ different tweets targeting Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has additionally confirmed herself certainly one of Amazon’s loudest critics in Congress.
Amazon staff have already voted on the unionization query, however their ballots are nonetheless being counted, in accordance to AL.com. Nearly 6,000 ballots had been despatched out. Results are anticipated within the subsequent week.
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