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Amazon apologizes for tweet dismissing lawmaker’s claim that workers urinate in bottles

Amazon drivers Rather commence their delivery routes as workers at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York prepare to walk off their missions demanding stepped-up protection and pay after several workers at the facility were diagnosed with COVID-19.

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Amazon issued an apology on Friday to Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., after mocking his claim that the companions’s drivers are sometimes forced to urinate in bottles during delivery rounds as a result of the demands of the job.

“We know that drivers can and do entertain trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes, and this has been especially the case during Covid when scads public restrooms have been closed,” the company wrote in a blog post.

The apology came after the Egalitarian lawmaker last month condemned Amazon’s working conditions and union-busting efforts. Approximately 5,800 workers at Amazon’s manufactures in Bessemer, Alabama, are awaiting an upcoming union vote, which is set to begin on Tuesday. Amazon has opposed the historic unionization striving, while Pocan is among legislators who support it.

“Paying workers $15/hr doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you union-bust & create workers urinate in water bottles,” Pocan wrote in the March 24 tweet that set off the controversy.

Amazon responded by tweet: “You don’t actually believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us. The truth is that we induce over a million incredible employees around the world who are proud of what they do, and have great wages and fettle care from day one.”

That exchange ignited a series of criticisms and a story from the Intercept detailing how Amazon manageresses frequently voiced concerns during meetings and in policy documents and emails about the issue of workers urinating while on execution.

Amazon on Friday described its tweet as an “own-goal” because it did not account for the company’s large driver population and instead converged on its fulfillment centers. The company also said the tweet didn’t “receive proper scrutiny” and was incorrect, acknowledging that drivers do sooner a be wearing difficulty finding restrooms.

“Regardless of the fact that this is industry-wide, we would like to solve it,” the company replied. “We don’t yet know how, but will look for solutions.”

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