Skip to comments.Hundreds of Amazon workers walk out to protest return to office, climate
Posted on 06/01/2023 3:03:13 PM PDT by thegagline
Hundreds of Amazon employees briefly walked off the job Wednesday, calling on the company to reconsider its return-to-office mandate and curb its greenhouse gas emissions.
Outside Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, standing underneath a banner that urged the company to stop its “short-term thinking,” Pamela Hayter told her colleagues she wasn’t nervous about speaking out anymore.
“We’re here today because it’s the right thing to do,” the Seattle-based program manager said. “I’ve not been nervous. I’ve been fired up.”
On Wednesday, nearly 2,000 Amazon employees joined the walkout, according to organizers who gathered pledges before action took place. Of those pledges, roughly 900 had planned to gather outside Amazon’s headquarters in South Lake Union while another 1,000 would join from offices elsewhere.
Amazon for its part estimated that about 300 people in Seattle walked out. By either measure, the protest amounted to a small fraction of the company’s workforce in the city.
During the one-hour demonstration, workers held signs that read “Amazon: Strive Harder,” referencing one company leadership principle stating Amazon must “strive to be Earth’s Best Employer.” They chanted “sound the alarm … we’re together, braver than ever.” They listened to speakers advocating a more flexible remote work policy, and for Amazon to make better progress toward its climate goals.
Outside of Seattle, workers set their status on the Slack instant messenger platform to “WALKOUT” and shut their laptops for an hour. In a Slack channel advocating for remote work, employees sent pictures of their own walkouts from Miami, Chicago, London and Brussels, as well as offices in Virginia and Idaho.
“Today looks like it might be the start of a new chapter in Amazon’s history,” Eliza Pan, a former Amazon employee, told the group gathered in Seattle. “Tech workers are going to stand up.” ***
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Hey Bezos, time to clear out lots of dead wood.
The horrors of working for a company that makes you come to the office.
Certainly simplifies some decisions when the next round of cutbacks comes around.
Let me guess - they don’t want to go to work because the neighborhood where the office is located is bursting with derelicts.
Just haul in some illegals to replace. That should get their virtue signaling rolling.
Are Twitter employees planning to walk out on Musk to demand better remote work options?
I believe Amazon is one of the many companies that transitioned to ‘clean’ Natural Gas as the fuel for their fleets of delivery vehicles. Now, NG is evil, and all those vehicles need to transition to battery power. How soon will the ubiquitous Amazon delivery vehicles start burning, like many other EV products?
They have to return to the climate?
“Amazon for its part estimated that about 300 people in Seattle walked out. By either measure, the protest amounted to a small fraction of the company’s workforce in the city.”
No doubt Amazon upper management was proactive in their thinking by having most employees chained to their desks as usual.
That’s the south lake union area. Not only did Amazon build a lot of new offices there in the last few years, but a LOT of apartments were built as well to house the employees, as well as plenty of “trendy” stores and restaurants.
i.e. Most would walk to work.
Sounds like they lawyered up with that lingo.
Slackers aren’t an asset let them go they can do their drugs and booze early all they want.
“..said they chose to walk out to push back against the return-to-office mandate. That employee, who works in technical writing and is based in Seattle, said the flexibility of remote work made it easier for her to decide to have a child.:”
Oh the horror of being made to come to work. Isn’t it a company’s responsibility to make every aspect of your life easier? You snowflakes need to take a long stroll on a hot sidewalk.
Didn’t mean to copy your line. The phrase kind of leaps to mind from this story.
Fire them all. Plenty of Americans still looking for IT work.
There are probably a few Amazon workers who can actually be effective working from home. Some coders, probably, maybe some copywriters or other people who don’t have supervisory responsibility, or don’t work in teams. But what companies learned over the past couple of years is that the “WFH” experiment, for most people, is an abject failure. Most people I know are back to work in person, and the last stragglers seem to be resigned to having to head back to the office as well.
I wondered how long it would take before the leftist freaks figured out that commuting “harms the planet”.
They should just commute by horseback—and remember to clean up the horse excrement while they are doing it!
There are 4 million Guatemalans, recently arrived, who will take those jobs, for less pay! The lazy, entitled whites and black are about to be displaced workers.
That was the plan all along.
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