Permanent 2$ dollar pay wage increase and UPT (unpaid time) extension until August 15th
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We Amazon workers have put our health and lives in danger over the past several months during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several of us have died and hundreds of us have become infected, and our future health is still uncertain just within the last few months when concerns were first raised. This pandemic is still ongoing with no real time of when it will all be over, the dangers we face at work continue to exist as they have since January. The company has ended our UPT policy on April 30th forcing employees to return to work that may not have accumulated enough time to remain home.
They suggested to their work force of 600,000 nationwide to apply for PLOA personal leaves of absence if they do not want to return to work due to circumstances but that is not a viable solution. The feedback we've received is that the department who are handling the request are overwhelmed and there are not enough case workers to approves the PLOA request. They are automatically denied if you don't get in contact with a case manager for approval. Ultimately people will lose their jobs that don't want to put their health at risk by returning to work which is another reason why the company is on record hiring 175,000 to keep their demands met. The replacements for those who remained home unpaid since the beginning of the pandemic. The company offered 2$ wage increase with double-time overtime pay , but that has just been rescinded by Amazon management and CEO Jeff Bezos due to end June 1st.
Bezos is the richest person in the world and, over the past couple of months Amazon profits topped $30 billion, or approximately $11,000 per second.
Current wages and benefits, especially in the major cities are insufficient for us to survive. The 2$ increase should not be used just to probe workers to work during the pandemic we deserve better pay indefinitely for building this company into the Trillion dollar juggernaut that it is today.
Therefore, we demand the 2$ wage increase be kept permanently and not end one June 1st and for the extension of the double time overtime pay along with the UPT be extended until August 15th.
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