Amazon workers rally at Shakopee facility for worker safety, climate justice

Amazon workers and community members rally, holding signs and a banner that reads "Workers Rising for our Future." Khali Jama speaks into a microphone.

“What was special about this rally was introducing an additional line of corporate campaigning around the climate crisis,” TakeAction Senior Climate Organizer Jesse Meisenhelter said. “Amazon is in a moment where it’s expanding across our state, and it’s becoming a larger and larger decision maker — not just in what the quality of work looks like in Minnesota but also quality of life. And with that expansion comes responsibility to take meaningful action.”

Amazon workers rally outside Shakopee warehouse for better pay, safer work

A group of Amazon workers and community members rally with signs, holding a banner that reads, "Workers Rising for our Future."

Warehouse workers, union leaders and activists rallied outside Amazon’s fulfillment center in Shakopee on Thursday to call for better wages, safer working conditions and an end to employee surveillance.

Amazon workers have long complained of grueling, surveillance-enforced productivity quotas that they say lead to high rates of workplace injuries.

“The safety here is horrible. You have to faint or die to get a day off,” said Khali Jama, 40, who’s worked at the warehouse for about a year.

MEDIA ADVISORY: TakeAction Minnesota, Amazon workers, Awood Center and community members to hold Workers Rising action at Amazon Fulfillment Center in Shakopee

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Shakopee, Minn – On Thursday, December 8, over 100 community members and Amazon workers are advancing the fight for fair wages, worker safety, corporate accountability, and climate justice with a public program and demonstration outside Amazon’s Shakopee fulfillment center. Demonstrators will call on Amazon to take responsibility for its impact on our climate by paying for a just transition to clean energy in Minnesota. 

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Robert Pilot and Ogimaa Giniw Ikwe discuss the Workers Rising on Dec. 8, a campaign led by Amazon workers supported by the Awood Center and TakeAction Minnesota to demand raises, worker safety, and a just transition. Elianne Farhat, Executive Director from TakeAction, joins the show to talk about the upcoming Amazon action and TakeAction Minnesota’s People’s Celebration. Dr. Stately of Native American Community Clinic talks about the COVID bivalent booster and why it’s important to stay up to date on your shots.