Coronavirus Chicago: Amazon workers exit warehouse after employees test positive for COVID-19

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CHICAGO (WLS) – Amazon workers in a warehouse on the southwest side of Chicago leave work after one of their colleagues tested positive for COVID-19. Friday workers walked out to demand immediate shutdown from the warehouse for two weeks for health reasons. They are calling on Amazon to do more than “the little one-off cleanups that are currently limited to avoid team disruption,” according to unions representing workers.

Employees learned that the warehouse had its first confirmed case of coronavirus last week. “Current efforts are not effective in disinfecting the entire facility and do not guarantee a safe and healthy working environment for critical workers in the warehouse,” said union officials.

They are also calling for other security measures and paid medical leave.

An Amazon spokesperson released a statement on Friday, saying the company “had taken extreme measures to keep people safe, tripled on deep cleaning, procured available security supplies and changed the processes for to ensure that those who were in our buildings respect safety distances ”.

Read the full statement here:

“Our employees are heroes who fight for their communities and help people get the essential items they need in this crisis. Like all businesses dealing with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we are working hard to keep employees safe while serving the communities and the most vulnerable. We have taken extreme measures to keep people safe, triple the deep cleaning, buy available security supplies and change the processes to ensure that those in our buildings are within safe distances.

We are committed to protecting our employees through our preventive health measures, improved cleaning and hygiene, and a wide range of new benefits, including extended paid leave options for full-time employees, $ 2 overtime, double time for overtime and paid leave (PTO) for regular part-time and seasonal employees. We maintain a strict social distance of 6 feet on our property and throughout our facilities. We also communicate when a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in one of our buildings to everyone working on this site – not just those who have come into close contact with the diagnosed person. You can read even more here. “

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