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cosby 1
Not to be a dick, but I've worked in a warehouse (near Allentown, PA no less) and yeah, it's hot as hell but I don't know what anyone is supposed to do about it. It's hard to imagine living in the Pacific Northwest, but most of the country has weather that becomes hot and/or cold. Cooling or heating a large space like a warehouse is expensive, not eco-friendly, and not really efficient.

I see your plight, but come on: no shit, warehouses get hot.
Posted by cosby on May 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM · Report this
This just in: Warehouse jobs suck, who knew?
Posted by loud_voices on May 10, 2012 at 4:47 PM · Report this
emma's bee 3
@1 and 2: yes, I totally get your point. Because the workers are low-wage, they should be treated like dogs (or worse).

Posted by emma's bee on May 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM · Report this
@1: You are a dick. You too, 2.
Posted by Joe Glibmoron on May 10, 2012 at 5:11 PM · Report this
so we should just let people die because it's to expensive to provide adequate environmental controls, really?
Posted by Madame Chintoa on May 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 7
The troll is right. This is all Emma and Joe's fault. Companies, especially big wealthy companies can do no wrong.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on May 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM · Report this
tainte 8
i worked in a welding factory in indiana in the summer...and it was fucking hot. my mom worked in a factory in indiana that made buns for mcdonald's...and it was fucking hot. i don't see why people are targeting amazon...there are plenty of low paying, shitty, hot fucking jobs out there.
Posted by tainte on May 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 9

Then what explains the static electric shocks the workers have to endure because Amazon (or, more often, Amazon's contractors) is too cheap to install rubber mats on the floors? What about the fact that people can be fired for calling in sick merely six times? What about the fact that virtually no one who works in those sweatshops ever gets the chance of becoming a full-time employee? That's pretty convenient for a company that doesn't want to reward hard-working employees, not unless they're white collar.

I don't necessarily have a problem with paying warehouse workers a relatively trivial wage; those are the breaks of a shitty economy, but all the various other ways that Amazon mistreats its warehouse workers are shameful.

The reason warehouse workers get frozen in the winter when the fire alarm gets pulled? That's entirely for loss prevention. Amazon would rather freeze its employees than risk losing a small amount of product to theft. That's the same reason why those workers are forced to work in sweatshops.

Then there's the breakneck speed at which those employees have to work, which conveniently gets ramped up as soon as Amazon wants to fire them after a few months.

There's the workers' having to sacrifice their break time to go through Amazon's metal detectors.

There's the lack of designing their work spaces to prevent repetitive stress injury.

All of this is technically legal because OSHA ain't worth shit, but it's yet another example of what a shit factory Amazon has become.
Posted by keshmeshi on May 10, 2012 at 5:59 PM · Report this
Yeah, warehouses get hot - but not so hot that a significant amount of the workforce has to be treated for heat exposure. Did paramedics wait outside the warehouse EVERY DAY where you worked, Cosby? How about you tainte? Probably not, because the warehouses you worked in had fans to blow the air around so that it didn't reach dangerous highs. That's a luxury Amazon won't give its workers.
Posted by Schweighsr on May 10, 2012 at 6:13 PM · Report this
TVDinner 11
How is it possible that there are people who are so blasé about workers' basic human rights? Are you even people?

I'm glad these workers are taking this to Amazon HQ. I'd really like to see Jeff Bezos survive a night shift there. Just one, that cowardly, selfish, exploitative piece of shit.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on May 10, 2012 at 6:18 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 12
We need to keep CEOs and CFOs in similar working conditions.

@11 there are a lot of these people around here. When I sat on juries I was shocked how many of them there were.
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 10, 2012 at 6:34 PM · Report this
Does anyone know of a company that other companies (Amazon or GSI for example) could use as a blueprint for creating warehouses that address the environmental concerns? (I don't think we are ever getting away from these jobs being low-paying and physically demanding). I'm trying to find something on Google, but I keep getting data warehouse results. Which usually is totally applicable, but not helpful right now.
Posted by sisyphusgal on May 10, 2012 at 6:40 PM · Report this
No one is saying a warehouse needs to be a perfect 70 degrees year round, but if the building cannot be brought to a temperature that is safe for humans, well then maybe on those days people have to wait a bit longer for their shit.

And these particular low wage jobs cannot be outsourced, so lets make them spend the money to keep people safe.
Posted by giffy on May 10, 2012 at 6:47 PM · Report this
Not to excuse it but every fucking warehouse for every fucking company is (nearly) the same. The only reason we hear about this is because of Amazon's fame and deep pockets. Best solution is to outsource as many of these jobs as possible, preferably over the border.
Posted by BLUE on May 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM · Report this
If I hadn't already stopped ordering from Amazon years ago, this and other stories of how it treats its warehouse workers would have convinced me. Also, despite the higher pay and dog friendly offices, Amazon still chews through its corporate workers.
Posted by LMcGuff on May 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 19
The City is built by the Warehouse.
The Warehouse that cannot afford the City.
You praise the city every day.

Mirror, mirror
On the wall.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM · Report this
Kinison 20
Vote with your wallet, not with your idiocracy.
Posted by Kinison on May 11, 2012 at 5:59 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 21
@16: Yeah, way better for the country to just start cutting jobs than enforce workplace safety laws, and treat its workers like humans.

Why the hell would we need jobs in this country?
Posted by Theodore Gorath on May 11, 2012 at 6:00 AM · Report this
GlamB0t 22
You know what doesn't complain about the heat? Robots.

Posted by GlamB0t on May 11, 2012 at 9:12 AM · Report this
Are there any objective measures that show that Amazon's warehouse conditions are worse than other companies, or that they repeatedly violate safety standards? Every company sounds terrible if your primary source for information is a journalist ("it is an outrage that $11/hr warehouse workers are treated differently from $100k/year programmers!") or a disgruntled ex-employee.
Posted by Sean P. on May 11, 2012 at 10:42 AM · Report this
Credulous hack Goldy presents every charge made by these unhappy ex-workers as fact, not even bothering with a "he said" or "allegedly." Glad he doesn't try to call himself a journalist.
Posted by bigyaz on May 11, 2012 at 10:56 AM · Report this
@16: Right, great "solution." Who cares about the basic safety and comfort of human beings if they live on the other side of a border?

@8: Yes, the problem is widespread... All the more reason to start fixing it! Amazon seems like a good place to begin..

I'm really glad to read that these workers are speaking up and organizing against these brutal conditions. I hope they do form a union.
Posted by Portlander on May 12, 2012 at 9:21 AM · Report this
If you leave your dog in a hot, unventilated car and it gets sick, you go to jail for cruelty to animals. If you leave your warehouse worker in a hot, unventilated warehouse and it gets sick, you are a great corporate visionary whose stock price increases.
Posted by cjones050976 on May 23, 2012 at 11:42 PM · Report this
it's just as bad in the UK treat their warehouse staff like crap. We are pushed beyond our limits the tempature in the warehouse is extreme and very hot.
If we so much as go to get a drink of water from a water station we are moaned at. They fire groups of people on a daily basis. One guy was fired last week just for taking two days off due to one of his family members dying.
Our targets are constantly raised each week the managers will not listen when we try and explain to them that the targets are too much.
The asiles are narrow and people constantly clash trying to pass each other.
We lose at least 10 minutes of our break trying to get through the metal detectors sometimes they flick a switch to set the detector off on random people. They are told to go into a room to be searched which takes more time of their break.
Posted by theone2k12 on December 2, 2012 at 6:03 AM · Report this

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