August 9, 2020
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Welcome to Tech at work where we look at labor, diversity and inclusion. Given the amount of activity in this space, we are going to increase it from two weeks to weekly.

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This week we take a look at the group’s recent activities Amazon Warehouse workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, how to avoid the massive algorithmic bias of Genderify and the rise in the use of BIPOC, which stands for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, and how to use the term correctly.

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Amazon Warehouse Workers Hold Sunrise Promotion

Amazon’s shipping drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area kick off the month protesting the e-commerce giant’s COVID-19 pandemic labor practices. Working in the caravan, workers plan to travel to Amazon’s Leandro warehouse this morning to pressure the company to close the facility for a thorough cleaning.

“They have COVID cases, and they are not truthful about how many of them, and they are not immediately reported,” Amazon employee Adrienne Williams told TechCrunch. “We see Amazon discover and then don’t tell people for two weeks so they don’t have to pay anyone.”

In a statement to TechCrunch, Amazon said:

Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our employees, and we do our best to ensure their maximum safety. In the first half of this year, we invested over $ 800 million 150 significant process changes on COVID-19 safety measures by purchasing items such as masks, hand sanitizer, thermal imaging cameras, thermometers, disinfectant wipes, gloves, additional hand washing stations and adding disinfectants in buildings, purchasing consumables for COVID and additional support groups …

In addition to closing the warehouse for disinfection, workers demand better communication.

“The drivers have no idea if there are any incidents because we don’t have access to internal storage A-Z,” said Williams, who works at a warehouse in Richmond. “This way we never get alerts if there are cases of COVID. We do not communicate through internal communications, but we go to these warehouses twice a day to receive shifts and packages. “

Since drivers usually work as delivery partners, Amazon says it has no direct relationship with them. However, Amazon says it notifies the delivery partner immediately, who then contacts the drivers.

This early start will prevent workers from loading delivery vehicles, Williams said.

“If the vans remain in the warehouse, Jeff Bezos will be hit financially,” she said. “Stopping shipments and storing them in a warehouse means Amazon is going to have a problem.”

Lesson for startups: Treat all of your employees with dignity and respect.


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