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Coronavirus Strike: Amazon And Instacart Workers Walk Off Jobs

Coronavirus Strike: Amazon And Instacart Workers Walk Off Jobs | Newtown News of Interest | Scoop.it

Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island and Instacart's grocery delivery workers nationwide plan to walk off their jobs on Monday. They are demanding stepped-up protection and pay as they continue to work while much of the country is asked to isolate as a safeguard against the coronavirus.

The strikes come as both Amazon and Instacart have said they plan to hire tens of thousands of new workers. Online shopping and grocery home delivery is skyrocketing as much of the nation hunkers down and people stay at home, following orders and recommendations from the federal and local governments.

This has put a spotlight on workers who shop, pack and deliver these high-demand supplies. Companies refer to the workers as "heroes," but they say their employers aren't doing enough to keep them safe.

The workers are asking for a variety of changes:

Workers from both Amazon and Instacart want more access to paid sick time off. At this time, it's only available to those who have tested positive for the coronavirus or get placed on mandatory self-quarantine.


Amazon workers want their warehouse to be closed for a longer cleaning, with guaranteed pay.


Instacart's grocery delivery gig workers are asking for disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer and better pay to offset the risk they are taking.

johnmacknewtown's insight:

These workers deserve the best protection and better pay!

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