New York blasts Amazon for firing employee during COVID-19 emergency

first_imgAmazon didn’t immediately comment on the letter. The unions also called for independent monitors to investigate whether Amazon facilities adhered to guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for social distancing during the pandemic.As coronavirus cases pop up in Amazon’s 800,000-strong workforce, some employees in warehouses across the country have expressed concerns about the company’s commitment to their safety. Workers at sites in Chicago and near Detroit walked off the job after the Staten Island protest.Amazon has said it ramped up cleaning in its facilities and is sending home, with pay, people diagnosed with Covid-19 and those who they came into close contact with. It has also temporarily boosted wages and overtime payments, and said employees can take unpaid time off without penalty through the end of April.The firing of Smalls had already drawn responses from other New York officials. On Monday, New York State Attorney General Letitia James said her office is “considering all legal options” in response to the termination, which she called “immoral and inhumane,” and is urging the National Labor Relations Board to investigate. On Tuesday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he had ordered the city’s Commission on Human Rights to “investigate Amazon immediately” to determine if Smalls was retaliated against.The AFL-CIO is the main US labor federation, with 55 unions that together represent 12.5 million people. The letter is also signed by presidents of five of the largest US unions, including the Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union.Those two unions, which aren’t part of the AFL-CIO, together represent about 3 million more workers. The document is a sign of union leaders’ increasing focus on Amazon as a key target and reflects greater cooperation within the labor movement as they take on the behemoth firm.Amazon and labor groups have a frosty relationship. The retailer has managed to avoid organized labor in its ranks in the US, even as it grew into the country’s second-largest private employer in the US. A similar group of unions in February asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon’s market power. Amazon.com’s firing of a walkout organizer has spurred criticism and calls for reinstatement by the largest labor groups in the US. Labor leaders and dozens of New York state and city elected officials urged Amazon to reinstate Chris Smalls, the leader of a walkout Monday over health and safety conditions at the company’s Staten Island, New York warehouse.Smalls was fired after the protest, in which workers asked Amazon to close the facility for cleaning after cases of Covid-19 were confirmed within its ranks. Amazon said Smalls was dismissed for violating a company-ordered quarantine after coming into contact with someone infected with the disease. Smalls said he was fired for his activism.“We write to you today shocked at reports that Amazon warehouses are not practicing the protocols necessary to protect the well-being of your workers and of the public,” said the letter, addressed to Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos and other executives, and signed by the leaders of the AFL-CIO, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, among others.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Stephen Curry to compete in NBA All-Star 3-point shootout, report says

first_img Stephen Curry becomes first player ever to hit eight 3-pointers in three straight games Warriors’ Kevin Durant on Stephen Curry: ‘He’s a once-in-a-generation, once-in-a-lifetime talent’ Stephen is one of the NBA’s all-time best sharpshooters. He ranks third all time in 3-pointers made with 2,320, behind Ray Allen (2,973) and Reggie Miller (2,560). Curry has made 191 this season with the Warriors, second to James Harden’s 220. Curry has made at least 200 3-pointers in six consecutive seasons. Next month’s NBA All-Star Weekend 3-point contest in Charlotte, North Carolina, has received a big jolt of excitement — local hero and 2015 3-point champion Stephen Curry is going to participate, ESPN reported Friday.Also slated to compete is Curry’s brother, Seth, who plays for the Trail Blazers. Both grew up in Charlotte, where their dad, Dell, starred for the Hornets and is currently a television analyst for the team. Stephen also was an All-American at Davidson College, just north of Charlotte.center_img Seth Curry will join brother Steph in the three-point contest during All-Star Weekend in their hometown of Charlotte, per @wojespn. pic.twitter.com/1rUoR3pFHC— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) January 26, 2019″Just being in Charlotte, there’s a nice storyline,” Stephen told ESPN. “[Seth] was leading the league in percentage for a while. In terms of family history, my dad playing 10 years in Charlotte, being one of the original Hornets to now having the All-Star Game in Charlotte.”The 3-point shootout will be fun with the Curry brothers. I know he’s going to be gunning for me, though. That’s the problem.” Related News Despite those credentials, Curry has won the 3-point contest only once in five tries. He did not participate in last year’s contest, which was won by the Suns’ Devin Booker.Seth Curry has made 48.0 percent of his 3-point shots this season (59 for 123) and is a career 44.3 percent shooter, a tick ahead of his brother’s 43.7 percent. Stephen’s percentage this season is 44.4.Seth Curry is going to have a chance to compete in his hometown against his brother Stephen Curry.#Blazers #Ripcity pic.twitter.com/6DCn85IchH— Blazers Nation (@Blazers__Nation) January 26, 2019The 2019 3-point contest is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, Feb. 16 and will be televised by TNT.last_img read more