Injured former Amazon warehouse workers and labor organizers in Chicago are protesting dangerous work speed and high injury rates today outside one of the company’s brick-and-mortar stores in downtown Chicago. The action coincides with the release of a new report on injury rates in one of the region’s largest and most dangerous warehouses, MDW7, the first in Illinois with automated robots.
“The speed of the workplace, and automation adding to the speed is one thing that comes up over and over again when I organize workers in Chicago,” said Roberto Clack, an organizer with Warehouse Workers for Justice, the Chicago organization behind the Tuesday’s protest and report. “It’s no surprise that between Thanksgiving and Christmas, those injuries are the worst. Warehouse workers are paying the price of Amazon’s speed.”