Amazon workers at a Chicago warehouse left were outraged that the chicken and waffles were served in the framework of the installation of the Juneteenth celebration.
The warehouse workers Amazon known as DCH1 said Thursday that the facility was in honor of the Black community by supporting Black businesses ” per serving of chicken and waffles Friday – Juneteenth – a document obtained by CNBC has revealed.
An image that appears to be a screenshot of an electronic sign located on a vending machine, has been posted on the Facebook group, DCH1 Amazonian States.
The sign reads: “We affirm our solidarity in honor of the black community by supporting black businesses. We are pleased to share an authentic meal, designed by Chicago Chicken + Waffles 19 June.’
Chicago Amazon warehouse employees are outraged that the management has decided to serve chicken and waffles in their establishment, while marking Juneteenth Friday
Amazon worker at the Chicago warehouse posted a picture of the signage to tell employees why they chose the special of chicken and waffles restaurant catering
“On Juneteenth, a day to celebrate a certain level of Liberation and Freedom gained by Blacks, Amazon is “standing in solidarity” and of ” the honor of the Black community “, by giving us, the majority Black workforce in DCH1, Chicken and Waffles, ” the Facebook post accompanying the screen shot read.
“As people around the world are mobilizing against the cops, the corporations, and this anti-Black capitalist system that we live under, Amazon mocks us with this racist form of” celebration “. As for the support of your Black/african American employees. Where is the Solidarity in that? We have the request, a paid leave of absence, not a fucking chicken.’
The Facebook group has added that some of the warehouse workers responses to the chicken-and-waffles included “this is what some racist s**t, that the idea was that lol” and ” I love the chicken and waffles, but damn that IS insulting as hell. Do I need to bring the watermelon too? Lol.’
A warehouse worker would have said: “I just want to know what uncle Tom was sitting there and agreed to this sh**. It is too much black in there that the management let this be considered ok “.
A spokesperson for Amazon told CNBC in a statement that: “The leader who put on this event had good intentions to honor Juneteenth by supporting a local small business owned by a member of the Black community.’
The spokesman said that the warehouse of Juneteenth, the restoration was ordered from one of the employees favorite restaurants.
The food has been selected to be served in Chicago Amazon warehouse known as DCH1
Warehouse signage has been posted on Thursday and withdrew after employees complained
A spokesman for Amazon said that the food was being ordered from one of the workers, favorite restaurants, Chicago’s Home of Chicken and Waffles (on the photo)
Amazon’s official Twitter has posted a series of tweets commemorating Juneteenth Friday
The warehouse is the site leader who is in black is among the various local leadership that has taken the restaurant, as well as created the signage, the spokesman said.
“After receiving a few comments from team members on the site, since they have decided to remove the sign in question,” the spokesperson also said.
According to the sign, the restaurant in question is called Chicago Chicken and Waffles, who is an african-American owned soul food restaurant with two locations in the city.
With chicken and waffles, the restaurant’s menu also includes fish, omelets, chicken wings, buffalo and a wide variety of ” down home favorites.’
Although Amazon is not one of the companies that has decided to declare Juneteenth a company-wide holiday, the CEO Jeff Bezos sent a memo on Tuesday, which encouraged the employees to cancel meetings on Friday and participate in the business, condition “online learning opportunities” about the day.
And, on Friday, the company’s official Twitter account has posted a long message on Juneteenth.
‘Juneteenth is an opportunity to pause, recognize, and cement this moment in our national history,” the tweet bed.
“To do this, we raised the pan-african flag at our Seattle HQ and provided to the amazon region across the world access to online learning tools and resources intended to park the conversation and the exploration on how we, as individuals, teams and the enterprise may continue to be active participants in the dismantling systemic racism, oppression and inequality. Our work is not finished, and we still have a long way to go.’
In Illinois, Warehouse Workers for Justice Deputy director of Roberto Clack told CNBC that the Chicago warehouse Juneteenth celebration of the company Black, the Life of the Material and general Juneteenth support to feel ” in the form of a token.’
Since the George Floyd protests began at the end of May, Amazon has committed to donating $10million to social justice organizations, while Bezos has indicated that he is not afraid of losing customers in the light of his and the support of the society of Black Lives Matter.
“I just think it is not sincere,’ Clack told the news channel of the Amazon Black Lives Matter and Juneteenth support. “It is not a secret that a large part of the workforce is Black.’
He added that the way in which the society could come through for some of its workers to solve the problems of security and working conditions, which are things that people have asked to be required. “
Since the coronavirus pandemic has exploded in the united states, Amazon warehouse workers have said the company has not done enough to protect them from catching the virus.
At least nine warehouse workers have died from the coronavirus, Amazon has confirmed. The company has not indicated how many people have contracted the virus, but it has been estimated that close to 1 000 workers in warehouses across the country had been diagnosed with it.