EAGAN, Minn. (KMSP) - Amazon has revolutionized the way we shop, but some workers say that convenience comes at a cost.
They allege the workloads at Amazon's warehouse in Eagan, Minnesota, have become unfair and even dangerous.
Now, the workers are demanding changes, including better climate control during warm weather and a reversal of staffing changes that workers say have led to burnout and even injuries.
After their shifts, they stood with community groups including the Awood Center to protest, speaking to reporters through an interpreter.
“We want them to listen to us. We love our work, we love the job that we do,” said Nimo Hirad, through an interpreter. “We just want someone to address our concerns and give us the support that we need.”
The workers primarily pick or sort packages and then load them for delivery. They say Amazon has cut staffing on their lines while increasing demands for speed and production.
In some cases, they say the workload has lead to injuries, such as boxes falling on people’s legs.
“One person is actually doing two people’s job and we want the amount of pressure that’s out on us because of that to be reduced so the amount of injuries that we get can be reduced, as well,” one worker said. “We also need air conditioning because in there it’s really hot and that can really harm somebody’s health.”
The workers took their demands to the plant's managers who said they will respond.
These workers aren't the only ones to raise concerns about working conditions inside the warehouses. The Seattle Times reports the company has faced complaints and federal lawsuits from workers across the country.
Statement from Amazon:
“We offer a positive and accommodating workplace for employees at this delivery station, including great pay of more than $15 per hour and benefits. The site is equipped with air conditioning in the break areas and fans throughout the building. We respect the religious practices of employees and offer accommodations as needed. We have a temporary prayer room at this location and are in the process of building a permanent one.”