Unionizing Amazon means exercising workers’ federally protected right to collectively bargain for workplace improvements that are long overdue. These improvements can include, but are not limited to:
- Compensation: higher, more competitive wages that reflect the value Amazon employees create, as well as the return of bonuses such as stock awards, etc.
- Time Off: A reasonable increase to the amount of distributed Paid Time Off (PTO) and Vacation Time, as well as an end to the Unpaid Time Off (UPT) system.
- Breaks: Longer break times to compensate for the physically exhausting nature of Amazon’s 10+ hour shifts and the time it takes to navigate the large warehouses.
- Policy Negotiations: the right of the workers to negotiate what policies are fair and which are abusive and exploitative. The employees will have the opportunity to negotiate the specifics of rate-based quotas and more. In the event of a situation like the Covid-19 pandemic where employees are asked to put themselves at risk for the company’s productivity, the employees can collectively negotiate an acceptable level of risk that includes paid time off, downsized staffing, compulsory sanitation procedures, hazard pay, and more.
- Advocacy: An organization that will advocate strongly on the employees side in the event of workplace abuse or wrongful termination. In addition, a formidable lobbying force that will fight to represent the interests of the workers instead of the interests of the large corporations like Amazon.