Greater than 3,000 Amazon workers have signed a petition asking the expertise and retail big to supply a vacation for voting within the November 3 US election, organisers mentioned.
The petition was organised by Amazon Workers for Local weather Justice, a bunch energetic on a number of social points involving the corporate.
“Eradicating obstacles to voting is crucial to make sure we now have a voice on the problems we care about. There isn’t a racial or local weather justice with out voting justice,” the group mentioned in a blog post Tuesday.
“With diminished polling places in lots of states, eight hours is important to make sure no one is unable to vote as a result of they must work.”
“As america’ second largest employer, Amazon can have a big impact on voter participation,” the weblog submit mentioned.
Amazon had almost 900,000 workers worldwide on the finish of the second quarter, with greater than half believed to be in america, making it the second-largest non-public employer behind Walmart. It is usually hiring an estimated 100,000 for the vacation season.
Requested to remark, Amazon mentioned it has provided data and adaptability to all its workers on voting.
“In all 47 states with in particular person voting, workers that lack sufficient time earlier than or after their scheduled workday to vote, can request and be offered excused break day,” an Amazon spokesperson mentioned.
“The variety of hours and pay offered to workers varies by state consistent with native legal guidelines.”
Amazon is just not among the many greater than 700 US corporations which have joined the Time to Vote coalition pledging to offer workers the time and instruments they should forged ballots subsequent month.
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