Why Amazon workers in Minnesota are protesting, and will it affect South Dakota customers?

KELOLAND.com Original

SHAKOPEE, M.N. (KELO) — If you track your Amazon packages to Sioux Falls, many come from Shakopee, MN. That’s where one of the retail giant’s fulfillment centers are.

On Monday afternoon, to coincide with Prime Day, an estimated 100 Amazon workers plan to walk out of a warehouse facility in Shakopee for six hours, according to WCCO-TV.

CBS Minnesota reports workers are disputing pay, physically demanding working conditions and a quota that supposedly requires they handle 600 orders per hour.

The protests are happening on one of the busiest days of the year for the company.

KELOLAND News reached out to Amazon to see if South Dakota customers will feel the impact.

“We do not anticipate any disruptions for our South Dakota customers,” a spokesperson said.

The strike won’t likely hurt customers, because Amazon can fulfill orders any many other warehouses across the country.

Events like Prime Day have become an opportunity for our critics, including unions, to raise awareness for their cause, in this case, increased membership dues. These groups are conjuring misinformation to work in their favor, when in fact we already offer the things they purport to be their cause — industry leading pay, benefits, and a safe workplace for our employees. We can only conclude that the people who plan to attend the event on Monday are simply not informed. If these groups — unions and the politicians they rally to their cause — really want to help the American worker, we encourage them to focus their energy on passing legislation for an increase in the federal minimum wage, because $7.25 is too low.

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