Jeff Bezos saved a small fortune by selling billions of dollars in Amazon stocks before the coronavirus pandemic crashed the stock market, according to a new report.
The letter, signed by Senators Cory Booker, Robert Menendez, Bernie Sanders, and Sherrod Brown, specifically cited claims by workers that some warehouses are not adequately meeting or enforcing the basic protocols provided by health authorities for mitigating the spread of the virus, thereby endangering not only workers but others outside the company as well. As a result, Amazon has had to close a building temporarily for disinfecting and cleaning.
Just last week, warehouse workers sounded alarms that the company is not doing enough to protect them from the novel coronavirus. Employees can accrue paid time off retroactively to March 1.
BuzzFeed last week reported on worker conditions that defied the necessary precautions given by health authorities, citing multiple workers as stating that hand sanitizer and wipes were hard to find.
The Bullitt County Health Department says the employees live in other counties.
The senators also cited a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which found that SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes covid-19) could survive for several hours on cardboard. The demand for deliveries from Amazon has skyrocketed as people stay at home and practice social distancing, with shops closed in many countries around the world.
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In a memo addressed to his tens of thousands of employees and posted to the company site over the weekend, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos detailed the series of steps Amazon has taken in response to the global coronavirus catastrophe - adding that the deadly virus and also the part that Amazon could play in responding to it are pretty much the only things he is focused on right now. Some workers realized they weren't being given paid time off, despite it being outlined in Amazon's employee handbook. We hope people who've been laid off will come work with us until they're able to go back to the jobs they had. Amazon has "placed purchase orders for millions of face masks we want to give to our employees and contractors who can not work from home."However, few of those orders have been filled to date because "masks remain in short supply globally and are at this point being directed by governments to the highest-need facilities like hospitals and clinics".
On Thursday, Rival retailer Walmart said it plans to hire 150,000 hourly associates in the U.S. and announced $550 million in cash bonuses to reward workers.