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Amazon sweatshops should not exist in America

Posted Wed September 21, 2011 12:00 pm, by Tricia V. written to Amazon.com, Inc.

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I have read about the deplorable conditions your employees are forced to work in at your warehouse in PA.. I wonder if Jeff Bezos, Blackburn or Wilke endure such an environment?

The fact you had paramedics hired and waiting outside for your employees to succumb to heat exhaustion is so inhumane I cannot even describe my horror at your indifference to your employees safety, perhaps you should venture into mining or oil exploration next?

This is America, not the Third World yet despite attempts by you so called "job creators" to tear down things like OSHA and the EPA. I guess you feel they should be lucky to have jobs, sort of like how slave owners viewed their chattel as something less than human and expendable for the sake of a few cents in profit.

Issue and apology and fix those conditions immediately. I will never buy another thing from you again, feel free to look up my buying history and then multiply that!


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by Kelshir Posted Wed October 12, 2011 @ 3:41 PM

Just because the employees sweat a little does not mean it is a

I work in the oil and natural gas field in Texas. This summer we had
60+ days of 100+ temp. A lot of those were 107-110.

There are jobs that require you work in somewhat extreme conditions.
If you cannot handle it, find work elsewhere.


by Nate. Posted Wed September 28, 2011 @ 10:24 PM

As long as they have long lines of people looking for a job, what
reason do they have to improve?


by Brendalala Posted Thu September 22, 2011 @ 6:27 PM

I live like 15 minutes away from the warehouse.

This is how they treat their workers:


I love love love Amazon and this made me think twice about renewing my
prime membership. I don't know if I want to give my money to a company
like this.

After they opened there was also a news story about how they over
hired and the only way I can describe it was like an airline. First
come first serve. People went to work thinking they had a job... quit
other jobs for it... and they were screwed.


Thanks for the link by RedheadwGlasses Tue October 4, 2011 @ 1:17 PM

by Wendy C. Posted Thu September 22, 2011 @ 12:52 PM

I certainly hope you aren't suggesting that sweat shops belong
anywhere else in the world.

(Yes, I know they exist, but they shouldn't)


Except that we already know many people don't really care about sweat shops overseas by PepperElf Fri September 23, 2011 @ 12:43 AM

by MA Cunningham Posted Thu September 22, 2011 @ 11:46 AM

that Amazon should have just closed the site for the day, I think that
YOU should personally field the myriad of angry letters from the
Amazon customers who would not get their merchandise that day (while
seated comfortably in their air conditioned offices or homes) and are
OUTRAGED that a company would sacrifice customer service because it's
"too hot outside."


You know what by Nicole F. Thu September 22, 2011 @ 12:39 PM

That's an easy fix?? by jeishere Thu September 22, 2011 @ 1:30 PM

Have you READ some of the letters on this site??? by MA Cunningham Thu September 22, 2011 @ 1:53 PM

Those people by Ben G. Thu September 22, 2011 @ 3:54 PM

You might care.. by Harleycat Thu September 22, 2011 @ 7:52 PM

"Plane trip delayed because of weather?" by MA Cunningham Mon September 26, 2011 @ 12:20 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Thu September 22, 2011 @ 8:02 AM

That's right, sweatshops should not exist in America.

They should exist elsewhere.

You've never spent a summer in the midwest detassling corn in 100+
degree heat, have you?


ooooooooh. by olie Thu September 22, 2011 @ 11:30 PM

Or worked on a flight deck. if you're in the middle east in the summer heat on the flight deck gets to 110 - 120 easily n/t by PepperElf Fri September 23, 2011 @ 2:10 PM

Re: Amazon sweatshops should not exist in America by gb Wed September 21, 2011 @ 7:31 PM

No by Nicole F. Wed September 21, 2011 @ 7:58 PM

You have obviously never by fairywithfangs Wed September 21, 2011 @ 8:48 PM

whatever by Nicole F. Wed September 21, 2011 @ 9:09 PM

At what cost? by olie Wed September 21, 2011 @ 10:25 PM

at what cost? by Nicole F. Wed September 21, 2011 @ 10:57 PM

you assume they can. ... maybe maybe not. but if they do then the customers will pick up the bill n/t by PepperElf Wed September 21, 2011 @ 11:48 PM

it's pretty common for schools not to have by fairywithfangs Thu September 22, 2011 @ 1:07 PM
by texasgurl Posted Sun October 23, 2011 @ 6:41 PM

If they get to open a window. At our school they aren't even supposed
to open the window. Doesn't matter if the a/c is out and it's 115
outside. They say it's to dangerous to have the window open in a
elementary school because a kid could fall out or something.


by McJohn Posted Wed September 21, 2011 @ 12:42 PM

People really need to read articles before they post.

The warehouse is in Penn. which on an unusually hot day the
temperatures reached 95 degrees in which 15 out of 1,500 employees
were treated by medical staff (that managers called in because of the
heat to be on standby) and returned to work.

Amazon has already installed 15 new fans and plans on installing a
cooling system in the future.

Some employees did complain, which is their right, but if you work in
a building with no AC it might get hot.

Do I feel bad, yea it stinks to work in the heat, but sometimes it
happens. When my wife and I are up north she works in a kitchen with
no AC and its not unusual for it to hit 100 degrees in the summer.

Im not an advocate of Amazon, but calling it a sweatshop because of
one day is a bit off.


Then close for the day by Mnemosyne Wed September 21, 2011 @ 12:54 PM

And by McJohn Wed September 21, 2011 @ 1:17 PM

What about people who work outdoors in summer? Is 95 too hot by Steve OH (IO) Wed September 21, 2011 @ 2:07 PM

Construction workers by Retail Veteran Wed September 21, 2011 @ 3:09 PM

Exactly. I'm not a fan of the cold. Can I have paid winters off so by Steve OH (IO) Wed September 21, 2011 @ 4:23 PM

That's what I was thinking.. by Harleycat Wed September 21, 2011 @ 4:43 PM

You guys are way too harsh by Nicole F. Wed September 21, 2011 @ 6:30 PM

Sorry Nicole.. by Harleycat Wed September 21, 2011 @ 8:17 PM

sorry but by fairywithfangs Wed September 21, 2011 @ 8:42 PM

Postal workers by Nicole F. Wed September 21, 2011 @ 8:53 PM

Workers by Retail Veteran Wed September 21, 2011 @ 9:09 PM

Not where I live.. by Harleycat Wed September 21, 2011 @ 11:11 PM

Totally correct by jeishere Fri September 23, 2011 @ 10:09 AM

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