Amazon workers are livid over the company’s termination of an employee who spent one extra hour with her dying mother-in-law.
“Amazon workers at the company’s Sacramento, California delivery location united to present a petition to their supervisor September 30 to protest the company’s off-time policy, according to The Verge.
The workers were inspired by a former colleague identified only as Sandra, who says she was fired after a bedside vigil for her mother-in-law, even though she kept in communication with her supervisor at Amazon. When her mother-in-law passed away and Sandra returned to work to request bereavement leave, she was informed by her boss that she had overdrawn her off-time balance by one hour before her bereavement leave set in.
‘I felt like I was in The Twilight Zone,’ Sandra told The Verge. ‘I’m dealing with a death in my family, and I’m going to lose my job over one hour?’
In response to Sandra’s firing, co-workers at her delivery location organized the Amazonians United Sacramento, and on September 30 unified to present a petition to Amazon Human Resources and the site manager demanding workers be given paid time off and Sandra be rehired.
‘While Amazon is a trillion dollar company run by the richest man in the world, permanent part-time employees working 8 hour shifts are only allowed 10 days off a year for any reason,’ the letter reads in part. ‘This means that every day we use [unpaid time off] for family emergencies, sickness, or vacation, we are one step closer to termination.'”
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