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

Niasse Nabs FA Charge For Alleged Simulation

first_imgEverton striker Oumar Niasse could become the first Premier League player to be banned for “successful deception of a match official” after he was charged by the English Football Association (FA).Niasse won a controversial penalty under minimal contact from Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park. Leighton Baines went on to score the penalty for the Toffees.The Senegal international was also on the scoresheet for Everton as he rescued a point for his team with their 2nd equaliser on the stroke of halftime and he has until 18:00 GMT later today to respond.According to the new laws introduced in May, players could be charged after a game for simulation.An FA statement read: “Incidents which suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation are referred to a panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.“Each panel member will be asked to review all available video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it was an offence of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’.“Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would the FA issue a charge.” the statement added. RelatedLanzini Given Two-Game Ban For DivingDecember 20, 2017In “England”Mo Salah to miss Arsenal and Manchester City clashesDecember 27, 2018In “England”Watford Forward Cleared Of Simulation During Arsenal GameOctober 17, 2017In “England”last_img read more