Workers came together with a petition to their supervisor after a woman was fired due to their off-time policies.
Her fellow workers were inspired by their former colleague who has only been identified as Sandra. When she was fired after spending time by her mother-in-law's bedside is unthinkable, even though she had notified her supervisor at Amazon.
After her mother-in-law passed away, Sandra returned to work requesting bereavement leave. She was informed by her boss that she was overdrawn on her off-time by one hour before her bereavement leave would have kicked in.
Sandra told The Verge she felt like she was living the Twilight Zone. She was dealing with a death in her family and was about to lose her job over one hour!
In response to her being fired, her co-workers organized the Amazonians United Sacramento and on September 30th, they unified to present a petition to Amazon Human Resources and their site manager. They demanded workers be given paid time off and that Sandra get her job back.
Amazon is a trillion-dollar company run by the wealthiest man in the world. Permanent part-time employees work 8-hour shifts but are only allowed 10 days off a year for any reason.
Paraphrasing the letter – It's stating that every day the employees use their unpaid time off for family emergencies, sicknesses, or vacation they are literally one step closer to being termination,”
It seems that medical insurance and paid time off are only provided to full-time employee benefits. A large percentage of Amazon employees work on a part-time basis.
Employees' hours are limited to under 30 hours a week to avoid falling under the structures of the Affordable Care Act which makes them ineligible for time off or medical insurance, according to The Verge.
Employees are given 20 hours of unpaid time off per quarter, which comes out to two or three shifts to the average part-time worker according to The Verge. According to the company, taking too much paid time can result in an automatic suspension.
Someone needs to notify Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man in the world, that these policies are practically slave labor and these company policies should be changed immediately! I think it takes a lot of nerve for someone of his stature and power to treat employees in this manner!