A protest at a Manhattan apartment owned by Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos Wednesday afternoon sought to highlight safety concerns at the internet behemoth that employs hundreds of thousands of people nation-wide and seek legislation that would improve worker health and safety.
The demonstrators, only a few individuals who actually work at Amazon, were seeking legislation pending in the state legislature called the NY Hero Act, which would put more onus on companies such as Amazon to place a higher premium on worker safety and health. The bill comes as groups claim that nearly 20,0000 Amazon workers became ill with COVID-19 and some of those actually died of the virus, organizers say.
Maritza Silva-Farrell, executive director for the Alliance for a Greater New York, said it is “time for Amazon to take a stand to protect workers’ health.”
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