Some Tech Workers Are Protesting Or Walking Off Their Jobs, But Few Are Unionizing

Amazon warehouse workers in Minnesota will conduct a six-hour walkout on July 15, which also happens to be Amazon Prime Day.

By Shelly BrisbinJuly 11, 2019 12:35 pm,

Workers at an Amazon fulfillment center in Minnesota plan to walk off their jobs for six hours on July 15 to protest working conditions. But that day wasn’t a random choice. July 15 is Prime Day, a giant annual sale that offers big discounts to Amazon Prime members.

Other tech companies have also experienced worker protests and walkouts in recent months. Some stem from working conditions or pay, while others are related to employees’ political disagreements with their bosses.

Tech expert Omar Gallaga says the Minnesota workers have walked out before. Workers say Amazon imposes unrealistic productivity goals, and that safety conditions are subpar.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– How the walkout is likely to affect Amazon’s Prime Day

– Whether labor unions play a role

– What other kinds of protests tech workers have led

– Differences between concerns of white collar tech workers and those who work in fulfillment centers