Two US senators seek probe into Amazon.com labor practices

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Sherrod Brown on Monday asked the Labor Department for a full investigation into Amazon.com Inc.’s labor practices.

Rubio, a member of the Republican Party, and Brown, a Democrat who chairs the Banking Committee, wrote in a letter that “one in every 170 American workers is an Amazon employee, underscoring our particular interest in ensuring that the company’s labor practices are consistent. equitable and in accordance with the law. We urge you to use all mechanisms at your disposal to investigate Amazon’s labor and employment practices immediately. “

Lawmakers noted that the National Labor Relations Board found that Amazon unfairly fired a worker who complained of unsafe working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as two others who criticized Amazon’s practices.

The board also ordered a repeat election by workers who voted not to unionize because Amazon’s actions “made a free and fair election impossible.”

This month, lawmakers said, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it would investigate the deaths of six people that occurred when an Amazon warehouse in Illinois collapsed during a tornado.

“Amazon workers have raised concerns regarding the company’s alleged lack of emergency response training, strict cell phone policies, and expectations that workers will continue to work during tornado warnings,” lawmakers said. in the letter.

Amazon.com and the Labor Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the letter.

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