Two US Senators Call for an Inquiry into’s Labor Practices


December 20 (Reuters) – U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Sherrod Brown on Monday called on the Labor Department for a full investigation into the labor practices of Inc.

Rubio, a Republican, and Brown, a Democrat who chairs the banking committee, wrote in a letter that approximately “one in 170 American workers is an Amazon employee, stressing our particular interest in ensuring that the employment practices of company are fair, and in accordance with the law. We urge you to use all mechanisms at your disposal to immediately investigate Amazon’s labor and employment practices. “

Lawmakers noted that the National Labor Relations Board found that Amazon wrongly fired a worker who complained about unsafe working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic as well as two others who criticized Amazon’s practices.

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The board also ordered the reorganization of an election by workers who voted not to unionize because Amazon’s actions “made a free and fair election impossible.”

This month, lawmakers said, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it would investigate the deaths of six people when an Amazon warehouse in Illinois collapsed in a tornado.

Amazon workers have raised concerns over the company’s alleged lack of emergency response training, strict mobile phone policies and expectations that workers will continue to work during warnings. tornado, ”lawmakers said in the letter. and the Department of Labor did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the letter.

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Reporting by David Shepardson and Diane Bartz Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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