Workers at six warehouses across three states walked off the job during the 2-day Amazon Prime day sale last week. This is the first multi-state coordinated action at Amazon facilities ranging from fulfillment centers to an air freight fulfillment center. The different types of facilities were chosen to disrupt critical pieces of the Amazon logistics network. The largest walkout happened at KSBD in San Bernardino, one of only three Amazon “air hubs” and the largest on the west coast. All of the workers who participated in walkouts during Prime Day had taken collective action before and were not met with satisfactory responses from Amazon.
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Stone Mountain, Georgia (ATL2) – Workers walked out in September demanding $24/hour. After the walkout, management retaliated and several ULPs were filed. Amazon also responded with arcade games and management dancing. Workers walked out a second time during Prime Day, and Amazon responded with a “festival” featuring cornhole and chips.
Buford, Georgia (DGE9) – Workers delivered a petition with 100 signatures during July Prime Day asking for $24/hour. Amazon responded by offering workers a .50 cent pay raise and a second Prime Day in the fall. 23 workers walked out for the first time during Prime Day, demanding $24/hour and for their safety/productivity concerns to be addressed. A day after their walkout, workers in Buford GA reported a slower beltpace and a more manageable workload.
San Bernardino, CA (KSBD) – 900 workers signed a petition in July demanding a $5/hour raise
Amazon responded by advising workers to use apps like GasBuddy to save money. Workers walked out in August to demand $5/hour. In September Amazon responded by offering them a $1/hour raise. During Prime Day, more than 120 workers walked off the job to protest Amazon’s response.
Joliet, Illinois (MDW2) – 600 workers in Joliet, IL delivered a petition to management demanding $25/hour and improved safety, but Amazon has not taken them seriously. On Prime Day 50 workers walked out demanding $25/hour.
Joliet, Illinois (MDW4) – Directly across the street from MDW2, eight workers at MDW4 walked off the job during Prime Week in coordination with the “Pay Us or Chaos” campaign out of Georgia.
Channahon, Illinois (ORD9) – 9 workers at a warehouse in Channahon, IL walked out during Prime Day. Workers had collected 150 signatures on a petition for “$25 to survive.” When they heard about the other facilities doing the walkout on Monday, they organized and decided to join in the collective action on Wednesday.