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Cyber Monday means an online shopping bonanza, but also an uptick in the packaging and shipping that follows every click — especially at e-commerce giant Amazon (AMZN).

Hundreds of thousands of Amazon warehouse workers nationwide spent Cyber Monday packaging products — while a few others spent a snowy afternoon in midtown Manhattan alongside some 50 supporters rallying outside the apartment of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

“Convenience is a good thing, but we need the perspective that Amazon’s convenience means the livelihoods of people are getting hurt, from workers to communities to our economy and our democracy,” says Maritza Silva-Farrell, executive director of the New York City-based community advocacy group ALIGN, a member organization of Athena. “That’s the importance of Cyber Monday.”

“What do these low prices mean for the livelihoods of Amazon workers?” she adds.


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