(Washington, DC) Today, the Always Essential campaign released the following statement after Amazon made a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit in California, defending their position to not pay workers undergoing mandatory COVID-19 screening.
A Slap In The Face To Essential Workers
“In the latest example of Amazon placing profits above the well-being of workers during the pandemic – a period that's seen its profits surge more than 200% – the company refuses to pay workers to undergo mandatory COVID-19 screenings. Amazon's actions are a slap in the face to essential workers who’ve put their lives on the line to fulfill a record number of orders during the pandemic.”
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“What’s additionally outrageous is that these essential workers – that the company refuses to pay for mandatory COVID-19 tests – pay significantly more in taxes as a percentage of their income than Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the richest man on the planet, who can afford to blast off into space on his own rocket.”
About Always Essential:
Always Essential is a campaign of working people, activists, and organizations joining together to transform what’s possible for essential workers — especially those in low-wage sectors who are disproportionately Black and other workers of color. We are working in cities, counties, states, and at the federal level to put essential workers first and build the lasting change we want to see.