SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) — Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday expressed support for a group of Amazon employees who quit their jobs at a major San Bernardino facility.
According to that Washington Post – The group says 160 workers left the West Coast air hub in the middle of the shift over low wages and heat safety concerns.
“I stand in solidarity with the Amazon workers in San Bernardino, California, who walked out today to protest low wages & unsafe working conditions,” said Sanders in a tweet. “If Amazon can afford to pay its CEO $214 million last year, it can afford to give its employees a $5 an hour raise & a safe job.”
Employees say they’ve been working in temperatures as high as 35 degrees and want their base pay increased by $5 an hour.
Amazon officials said just 74 out of 15,000 workers have left their jobs — and full-time workers have opportunities to make more money.
Earlier this month, more than 700 Amazon warehouse workers in England protested in a dispute over pay, a sign of workplace tensions fueled by Britain’s cost-of-living crisis and growing unhappiness among employees over wages and working conditions.
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The GMB union said staff at the facility in Tilbury, Essex, east of London, stopped work on August 4 after the e-commerce giant offered to increase wages by 35 pence (42 cents) an hour raise.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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