Amazon employees on 6 California sites are positive for coronovirus

Those working at six Amazon facilities in Southern California have tested positive in the past week for the virus that causes COVID-19. Four of those cases were confirmed and the facilities involved were disclosed to workers in the last 24 hours.

Among the newly affected facilities are fulfillment center ONT2 in San Bernardino and Rialto in LGB8, delivery center DLA8 in Hawthorne and a small Amazon Prime Now warehouse in the Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Both the Hawthorne and Glassle Park facilities handle the final stages of delivery to customers in Los Angeles, while the Hawthorne facility handles delivery for much more on the west side of LA.

Two other facilities in the Riverside and San Bernardino counties reported cases in late March.

In a statement, Amazon said that all employees who were diagnosed with COVID-19 or directed to quarantine would receive up to two weeks of pay to ensure they were concerned about lost income Can do without self-isolation. The company is offering unlimited unpaid time to all hourly employees by the end of April.

Amazon spokesman Timothy Carter said, “We are supporting individuals recovering.” “We are following the guidelines of health officials and medical experts, and are taking extreme measures to ensure the safety of staff on our site.”

The company said that it had informed other employees about each case at the affected sites. At San Bernardino in Rialto and ONT2 in LGB8, employees were informed via prerecorded voice messages from their managers.

The company’s Eastwell warehouse in Riverside County, which previously reported an employee testing positive for COVID-19, now has its third case as of Thursday, the Times confirmed.

Warehouse employees were informed of the most recent case on Wednesday, according to a worker who was not named for fear of retaliation. The company’s Communications Times reviewed that Amazon did not pay workers for missed shifts, while the company was allowing them to take time off without penalty if they felt inconvenienced at work.

An employee at the Eastwell warehouse said, “When I look at the operations leadership team, who are making $ 100,000 to $ 150,000 a year, and they go home without worrying about whether they’re going to pay, So it bothers me. ” “Because we’re still here and if we go home, we won’t get paid.”

Amazon said it is taking measures to reduce infections at its facilities, including increasing the frequency and intensity of door handles and screen cleaning and sanitizing surfaces that many employees touch during a workday. It is also staggering shift bars to promote social disturbances, and suspending exit screening, which the company usually does to check if employees are stealing, traffic jams at exits and entrances To reduce.

But Amazon’s warehouse and distribution workers across the country have called for the company to do more or compensate for the health risks associated with the spread of COVID-19 associated with working during an outbreak of the Convivirus.

As reported by The Times, workers were told to live only three feet apart – half of what the CDC recently recommended as of March 24. On Monday, workers at Amazon Warehouse in New York went on a walkout due to a lack of protective gear and other safety measures. After the walkout, Amazon said It will provide masks to all warehouse employees and conduct daily temperature checks on all incoming employees.

At Eastvale’s warehouse, one of Amazon’s largest West cCast, the company notified workers of the second case via text message on March 29. “The affected person was on site on 26 March and in line with our daily procedures, the site is undergoing several enhanced cleanup during this time,” the message read.

Southern california amazon workers have Started walking Petitions in responseDemanding, the company closed the affected warehouses for two weeks because social disturbances there are “almost impossible.”

The petition states that Amazon is trying to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19, but the truth of the matter is that we work with so many people every single day.

In addition to paid sick leave, the petition calls for the payment of a normal rate, child care payments and subsidies as well as an alarming salary of 150% for the free trial of the virus.

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