No instruction manual for Amazon in COVID-19 times: Bezos

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Last week, Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Cheeseman said the company is following guidance from health officials regarding the operation of its facilities, as well as providing workers time to use the restrooms to wash their hands.

"We have now won PTO for tens of thousands of fellow Amazon workers and we celebrate our win!", the group said in the blog post. Some workers realized they weren't being given paid time off, despite it being outlined in Amazon's employee handbook.

United States senators are demanding to know what measures Amazon are taking to protect its warehouse workers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Much of the essential work we do can not be done from home", he wrote. Last week, Amazon said it would raise pay for warehouse workers and delivery drivers by $2 per hour through the end of April.

Across the world, people are feeling the economic effects of this crisis, and I'm sad to tell you I predict things are going to get worse before they get better. "We have taken extreme measures to keep people safe, tripling down on deep cleaning, procuring safety supplies that are available, and changing processes to ensure those in our buildings are keeping safe distances". Bezos added that they are considering hiring 100,000 people from restoren and bar workers who lost their jobs in this context.

Amazon has more than 175 warehouses around the globe, including more than 110 in North America. The e-commerce giant also recently raised its base pay for these workers, up to $17-an-hour from $15, in an effort to reward current employees and entice new ones. The company, which generated $280.5 billion in sales past year, said the pay hikes will cost $350 million.

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"Any failure of Amazon to keep its workers safe does not just put their employees at risk, it puts the entire country at risk", the lawmakers said in a letter.

"Quite a few people will be willing to take the risk", Kwon said.

In a statement, an Amazon spokesperson called the accusations about worker safety "simply unfounded" and characterized its workers as "heroes", as opposed to people off of whose labor it is-as the senators noted-profiting during the pandemic.

Wall Street executives also sold large dollar amounts, including Laurence Fink, CEO of BlackRock Inc., who sold $25 million of his company shares on February 14, pre-empting potential losses of more than $9.3 million and Lance Uggla, CEO of IHS Markit Ltd., a data and analytics firm, who sold $47 million of his shares around February 19.

Four US senators, including Bernie Sanders, wrote a letter to Jeff Bezos, criticizing the coronavirus measures for the company's employees and argued that paid sick leave and risk premium should be given. I worry about the health and safety of my family, my co-workers, and friends.

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