New York’s State Meeting handed the Warehouse Employee Safety Act (WWPA) on Friday, a invoice that may require Amazon and different firms to reveal manufacturing quotas to staff, as first reported by CNBC. If New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) indicators it into legislation, it might additionally stop workers from having to satisfy quotas that require them to skip lunch or toilet breaks.
Identical to a similar bill passed in California final September, the WWPA states that employers might want to present every warehouse employee with “a written description of every quota to which the worker is topic” after they’re employed (or inside 30 days of the invoice turning into legislation). It additionally bars employers from punishing staff for failing to satisfy quotas that weren’t disclosed, or that they needed to skip breaks to satisfy. Governor Hochul hasn’t signaled whether or not she plans to approve the invoice or not, CNBC notes. The Verge reached out to Amazon with a request for remark however did not instantly hear again.
Whereas the invoice’s textual content doesn’t immediately point out Amazon, New York Senator Jessica Ramos (D) acknowledged that it is designed to deal with Amazon’s administration practices, which Ramos claims contain “dehumanizing staff & punishing the very human want for relaxation.” Previous reviews revealed that Amazon uses an automated tracking system to judge staff’ productiveness, with some staff reportedly resorting to peeing in bottles and skipping bathroom breaks to satisfy the e-commerce big’s manufacturing requirements.
Group efforts are ramping up at Amazon warehouses in New York and across the nation. In April, staff at a Staten Island, New York warehouse became the first Amazon warehouse workers to unionize. To this point, it’s the one warehouse to vote in favor of a union — a neighboring Staten Island warehouse voted against unionizing final month, whereas the Retail, Wholesale and Division Retailer Union (RWDSU) is disputing the results of a union election at a Bessemer, Alabama warehouse, claiming that Amazon interfered with the results once again.