According to ex-worker Christian Smalls, many Amazon employees are still unprotected from the virus which leads them to unfortunate situations. Several others have joined him in the protest outside Bezos’ $16 million New York Apartment.
Christian Smalls is one of the employees who once worked for Amazon that gained the media spotlight after staging a walkout due to the conditions of a warehouse located in Staten Island. Smalls demanded that Amazon’s JFK8 fulfillment center be subject to deep cleaning and has accused the company of providing false information on how many workers are COVID-19 positive. Smalls was later on fired but said “it cost me my career. Guess what? I have no regrets.”
The Congress of Essential Workers’ Twitter account has posted a poster via Twitter with the hopes of people joining them in the protest organized in front of Bezos’ apartment in New York City.
On Sunday, a number of protesters showed up and demanded that the billion-dollar company allow its employees to become members of a labor union, provide PPE to employees at all times, give employees who tested positive access to paid leave until they are COVID-19 negative, and reinstate workers who were terminated during the pandemic for refusing to do their duties under unsafe conditions, among other demands.
On the other hand, Bezos reportedly created a new company that will help him execute his pledge to combat climate change, a pledge that costs $10 billion. Bezos has consistently declined to provide further details on his plans for climate change and so far, here’s what we know: it will be called Bezos Earth Fund, the $10 billion funds will aid scientists, activists, NGOs and any group that has genuine efforts to preserve the natural world, and Fellowship Ventures LLC, a new limited liability company, appears to be involved.