Costco employees berate retailer over coronavirus response

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While Costco has become a go-to source for Americans stocking up on the supplies required to weather the COVID-19 pandemic at home, some frustrated employees of the warehouse retailer say it hasn’t been aggressive enough in protecting their health.

Roughly 100 staffers and contractors told BuzzFeed News that the multi-billion dollar company had displayed a lack of transparency on COVID-19 cases as well as a disregard for warnings and that it had failed to make necessary adjustments to long-standing policies.

To put this in perspective, however, there are more than 240,000 employees working for the company around the world.


“Working for Costco during this devastating point of time has become a living nightmare,” an unidentified warehouse employee in Los Angeles told the outlet. “They

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Amazon is facing multiple inquiries from labor regulators into whether it unlawfully retaliated against workers who spoke out about its coronavirus response

Amazon workers protest outside the company's Staten Island in New York City.
Amazon workers protest outside the company’s Staten Island in New York City.

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  • The National Labor Relations Board is looking into multiple claims by Amazon workers that the company unlawfully retaliated against them for speaking out against its coronavirus response, BuzzFeed News reported Saturday.

  • The NLRB is required by law to follow up on such claims and said it has not yet opened a formal investigation, but could do so if it finds evidence of a possible violation of employees’ rights.

  • Amazon has come under fire from employees, activists, and lawmakers over safety measures in its warehouses as well as the company’s firing of workers who have spoken out on the topic.

  • Amazon has terminated five workers who participated in protests since the pandemic began.

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The National Labor Relations Board is looking into whether Amazon unlawfully retaliated against workers for

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