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Updated On: May 11, 2012

Teamsters 117 joined with other unions and community members at a rally at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle yesterday to call for an immediate improvement to working conditions at Amazon warehouses.

Amazon warehouse workers from Pennsylvania attended the event and spoke of warehouse temperatures that soared above 115 degrees.

According to Karen Salasky, ambulances were stationed outside of an Amazon fulfillment center in Allentown, PA to take workers to the hospital if they collapsed from heat exhaustion.   

Local 117 President John Scearcy demanded that Amazon treat its workers with dignity and respect. 

Scearcy contrasted conditions in Amazon warehouses with the working conditions at unionized warehouses, where employees are represented by Teamsters 117.

"Our members earn family wages, have good medical coverage, job security, and retirement security," Scearcy said.  "Amazon needs to clean up its act and start treating its workers fairly."

View more coverage of this story on the Seattle Times website.  


May 28, 2013

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