People over profits: California bill pushes Amazon, Walmart and other big e-retailers

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by BA 25 Views

Despite pressure from big-business advocates in the state, the one-of-a-kind worker protection bill AB 701 has passed in California. The bill is meant to ensure that for workers at warehouse retailers like Amazon, productivity demands cannot come at the expense of health and safety. Since Amazon came to be one of the largest producers in the country, other companies began adopting Amazon’s business model, all at the increasing expense of workers, including pushing workers to disregard safety techniques or miss breaks, which are legally required. – Art: Los Angeles County Federation of Laborby Antonio Ray Harvey, California Black MediaLast week, warehouse workers, labor leaders, elected officials and community groups& came together& on the steps of the California State Capitol. Their goal was to generate public support for California’s pro-worker “Warehouse Workers Protection Act” – also called Assembly Bill 701 – and to encourage the state Senate to pass it.& “Working in warehouses for corporations like Amazon has quickly become one of the most dangerous jobs in the private sector,” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, asserted, placing giant e-retailers square in the scope of her target.& In the United States, e-commerce is skyrocketing, growing from a $441.51 billion industry in 2017...