Amazon has apologized to US envoy Mark Pocan, acknowledging that setting an “own goal” in the initial denial of his suggestion, saying drivers sometimes force to urinate in bottles during their delivery trips.
“We know that drivers may find it difficult to find toilets due to traffic or sometimes rural roads, and this is especially the case during Kovid when many public toilets are closed,” the company wrote in a blog post-cutt.ly/UcnMfxv.
Democrats filed a lawsuit a week later criticizing Amazon’s working conditions, saying in a tweet: “Paying workers $15/hour doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you unite workers. You mix in and massage the workers into water bottles.”
Amazon initially issued a denial in a tweet: “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing? If this is true, then nothing will work for us.” But then he dropped the comment.
“This is a suicidal target, we are unhappy with it, and we apologize to the Pocan representative,” Amazon said in a blog post.
The company says the problem is all over the industry and will find solutions without saying what could happen.
Amazon’s apology comes as workers in Alabama’s warehouse waiting for the votes to be taken to the first retinal retailer’s union facility in the United States and mark a critical moment for organized workers.
Amazon has long blocked efforts to organize more than 800,000 employees in the United States. Many workers’ complaints about tired or unsafe workplaces have made unions the main target of the US labor movement.