Amazon in house counsel calls fired strike organizer ‘not smart or articulate’ in meeting with top execs

Most of you will be aware of this story …appalling enough in itself. Now this.

All we can say here at PS.com is.  how about thinking about the employees who you pay so little that they live from rent to rent, so your bleating about being frustrated & upset really doesn’t generate too much sympathy dude.

 

Amazon did not confirm what was said in the meeting, but a spokesman provided CNBC a statement attributed to Zapolsky.

“My comments were personal and emotional,” Zapolsky’s statement said. “I was frustrated and upset that an Amazon employee would endanger the health and safety of other Amazonians by repeatedly returning to the premises after having been warned to quarantine himself after exposure to virus COVID-19. I let my emotions draft my words and get the better of me.”

Athena, a non-profit advocacy group that represents Amazon workers, argued Zapolsky’s comments show the company is “trying to fix the PR problem instead of the public health problem.”

“This insight into top Amazon thinking fails to inspire confidence,” Athena director Dania Rajendra said in a statement. “Amazon top brass chose tired, racist insinuations and snarky tweets. A better choice would be to make a plan that takes worker and public health seriously.”

Amazon faced criticism from legislators, union leaders and warehouse workers about a lack of protective measures for employees who continue to come to work amid the coronavirus outbreak. On Wednesday, workers at a Romulus, Michigan facility walked out, while workers at a Staten Island, New York facility staged a protest on Monday. 

The company has downplayed the walkouts, saying only a small percentage of workers at the two facilities walked out this week and there was no disruption to operations. The company has also touted other safety measures and benefits it has implemented at warehouses in recent weeks, such as increased cleaning and paid leave for employees who are under quarantine after being exposed to someone with the coronavirus.

Amazon employees at multiple facilities who spoke to CNBC argued that the company’s efforts aren’t enough to keep them safe. They say uneven safety precautions at facilities across the country have sown feelings of distrust between workers and their managers. Workers say they’ve become worried that managers aren’t being honest about whether employees are sick with the virus, so that they can keep the facilities open.