Workers at the Amazon warehouse in Shakopee announced Monday that they'll strike during Amazon's "Prime Day," which is next Monday, July 15.
The strike has been organized by Awood Center, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that aims to give more opportunities to East African workers in Minnesota. The strike is geared to push Amazon into improve working conditions.
"On Amazon’s “Prime Day,” July 15th, Amazon warehouse workers at MSP1 in Shakopee will go on strike as part of their continued push on the corporate giant to provide safe and reliable jobs, show respect for workers and their right to organize for better working conditions, open up opportunities for advancement for the predominantly East African workforce, and take concrete action to address pressing issues like climate change.
Workers will be on strike that afternoon, joined by Amazon workers from Seattle who led the push to get Amazon to address their role in climate change crisis. Workers, community supporters and elected officials will rally from 4 to 6 p.m. outside of the MSP1 warehouse in Shakopee on Amazon’s most important day of the year."
Last year, Amazon employees in Europe went on strike during Black Friday, where some staff have described the conditions in warehouses as "inhuman."
Approximately 30 percent of Amazon's 1,500 workers in Minnesota are East African.
To that end, a group of around 40 workers will be staging a protest at its Shakopee facility, where around 30 percent of Amazon's 1,500 workers are East African, on December 14