June 20, 2021

Amazon whistleblowers call Bezos ‘out of touch,’ say they were fired for trying to protect warehouse workers from coronavirus

Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa, who were both web designers at Amazon, were fired last month after they organized a virtual town hall for Seattle colleagues to hear from the company’s low-paid and largely uninsured warehouse staff. Those workers, Cunningham and Costa said, are toiling in the trenches amid a pandemic that is goosing the internet giant’s stock price even as some of them are dying of the coronavirus.

Costa, a principal user-experience designer, said there are effectively two Amazons — and the low-wage workers in the company’s warehouses are suffering as a result. She said when she first started at the company, corporate and tech staff, including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, would fly to a Nevada warehouse during peak Christmas season to show solidarity with busy low-wage workers rushing to keep pace with demand.

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