House committee probes labor practices at Amazon

House committee probes labor practices at Amazon

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  • It could be a scam New York CNN Business — A House committee will investigate how Amazon treats its workers, following the death of six employees in December when the distribution center they were working in was struck by a tornado.
  • And it said Amazon workers at other facilities were reportedly required to stay on the job during deadly wildfires in California in 2018, extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest in Summer 2021, and dangerous flooding during Hurricanes Irma in 2017 and Ida in 2021.
  • The Congressional probe comes at a time that Amazon is facing new organizing efforts by unions seeking to represent workers at distribution centers in Bessemer, Alabama, and Staten Island, New York.
  • The House committee said it is also looking for records of the any terminations or disciplinary actions taken against employees or contractors at the two Amazon facilities, as well as facilities like Edwardsville that were dealing with extreme weather.

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