Immigrant rights and labor leaders used Amazon's Prime Day, the annual 48-hour shopping event that rakes in billions, to draw attention to workplace conditions, pay and the company's ties with ICE.
Protests met at Seattle's Amazon headquarters Monday in conjunction with protests in San Francisco and Portland. Warehouse workers in Minnesota also planned a six-hour work stoppage in a strike over working conditions.
"The nationwide protests come as ICE continues to raid and terrorize communities across the country, trap migrant children in inhumane environments at the border, and rip families apart -- a humanitarian crisis that Amazon has directly helped fuel, and threatens to exacerbate with continued marketing of its facial recognition software to ICE officials," read a press release from organizers.
Workers at Amazon's nonunion facilities in Minnesota began publicly complaining last year about harsh working conditions, increasing workloads, safety and limited advancement opportunities, according to a report from the Associated Press. The planned work stoppage overlaps the morning and evening shifts during the major sale.
The Seattle-based company, which says Amazon Prime has over 100 million paid members, called the organizers' allegations baseless, according to the Associated Press.
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