• Petitioned Jeff Bezos

This petition was delivered to:

CEO, Amazon.com
Jeff Bezos
US Secretary of Labor
Hilda L. Solis
Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Julia K. Hearthway

Amazon.com warehouse workers are people, not machines!

    1. Matthew Graybosch
    2. Petition by

      Matthew Graybosch

      Harrisburg, PA

Amazon.com treats warehouse workers like machines, working them to exhaustion and replacing them when they quit, are injured, or suffer heat-related illness. They do this because millions of Amazon.com customers demand fast, cheap shipping. They do this because people desperate for work in today's economy will put up with abusive conditions in order to support themselves and their families. They do it because both the state of Pennsylvania and the government of the United States permit it through official inaction.

They do it because we the people let them get away with it.

As a longtime Amazon.com customer, I have unwittingly contributed to these abuses by buying from Amazon. I have expressed my concerns, cancelled all unfulfilled orders, and stated my intention to do no further business with Amazon.com until these abuses of warehouse workers are corrected, but I am just one person.

Recent signatures


    1. Amazon.com Responds to Allegations It Abused Employees in Stifling Hot Ware

      Matthew Graybosch
      Petition Organizer

      Amazon.com has only responded to concerns about heat-related injuries to workers inside its warehouse, not the grueling working pace or mandatory overtime. However, the heat is on Amazon now. Let's keep it up.

    2. Reached 25 signatures
    3. The Morning Call's expose was mentioned in PC Magazine online.

      Matthew Graybosch
      Petition Organizer

      This doesn't do anything for the petition itself, but more exposure of the abuses inside Amazon.com warehouses can't do any harm.

    4. Reached 10 signatures
    5. Amazon is already responding.

      Matthew Graybosch
      Petition Organizer

      Since I had emailed Amazon about my concerns before starting this petition, an Amazon.com rep replied to me with an explanation of what they're doing to avoid repeating this summer's conditions. Click the link below for the details.

    6. Reached 5 signatures
    7. The Morning Call, a PA newspaper, documented the abuses on 9/17/2011

      Matthew Graybosch
      Petition Organizer

      Get the facts. See for yourself why Amazon.com needs to see principled opposition to labor practices that treat people as if they were machines to be used, discarded, and replaced at will. If this happens in Allentown, PA, it happens elsewhere.


    Reasons for signing

    • richard kiley BOSTON, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Those workers, who are someone's mother/father/son/daughter deserve better/

    • Mo Madani CLEVES, OH
      • almost 3 years ago

      Amazon exploits its workers and its Marketplace Sellers, all in the name of a few cents' profit. I'm signing this petition and hope you'll consider signing mine: http://www.change.org/petitions/amazon-crushes-small-business-marketplace-sellers

    • Jennifer Moorman LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I feel betrayed by Amazon. I've been a loyal customer for over a decade. I was saddened by the way that they put so many independent booksellers out of business, but I thought their business model simply worked. Now I see that it doesn't. I refuse to support a disgustingly rich megacorporation that has made its fortune on the breaking backs of poor, disenfranchised workers. They could easily improve the conditions of these workers, without losing their bid to take over the world, and without making the higher-ups join the ranks of the 99.9%. Wise up, Amazon, or you've lost my business for good.

    • Andrew Hall LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Because no amount of saving justifies treating workers the way you do. I will not shop at Amazon again (and will tell all my friends and relatives to do likewise) until all of the issues raised in the Morning Call's article are fully acknowledged and rectified.

    • David Allen MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • about 3 years ago

      I would rather pay a little more if it is necessary to employ people under humane conditions. This issue was exposed by The Morning Call newspaper in Lehigh, Pennsylvania: See http://www.mcall.com/news/local/amazon/


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