Tech Won't Save Us
The Amazon Union Drive Comes to Canada w/ Sara Mojtehedzadeh
September 23, 2021
Paris Marx, Sara Mojtehedzadeh
Paris Marx is joined by Sara Mojtehedzadeh to discuss the Teamsters’ organizing at Amazon warehouses in Canada and the working conditions that workers face at those facilities.
Sara Mojtehedzadeh is a labour reporter at the Toronto Star and the host of Hustled, a podcast about Foodora workers’ fight for a union. Follow Sara on Twitter at @SaraMojtehedz.
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- In June, the Teamsters voted to put resources behind unionizing Amazon.
- The Teamsters Canada applied for a union vote in Edmonton, Alberta, and said it’s organizing at nine warehouses. Amazon is hiring 15,000 workers and raising wages.
- During the pandemic, the Canadian government signed a deal with Amazon to deliver PPE. The contract fell apart.
- After an Amazon worker died in Indiana, the governor intervened to overturn the citations.
- California is regulating productivity quotas at warehouses.
- Discussions are picking up about sectoral bargaining in Canada.
- Sara wrote about the high injury rates at Amazon’s Canadian warehouses and the temporary closure of its Brampton, Ontario warehouse after a Covid outbreak.
- Find out more about Teamsters Canada’s Amazon campaign and the Warehouse Workers Centre.