3200 Amazon Drivers to lose their jobs

With the horrendous impact of the Coronavirus in recent months causing havoc and spreading across the world; now Amazon Drivers face the possibility of losing their livelihood. See the details in the story below which was taken from Buzzfeed News.

An Amazon worker loads a trolley from a Prime delivery van in Los Angeles.

More than 3,200 drivers who deliver Amazon packages to homes and businesses across the country each day will be laid off by the end of April as the e-commerce giant continues a significant shift from large delivery contractors to smaller ones that are cheaper and easier to control.

In the past several months, the online retailer has informed at least eight delivery firms that it would be severing contracts with them. In turn, those contractors told state workforce regulators that they would be forced to lay off at least 3,242 employees, records show.

That comes in addition to the layoffs of more than 2,000 drivers from three other terminated delivery firms reported by BuzzFeed News and ProPublica in October. All three of those firms had been involved in accidents resulting in fatalities that were previously reported in investigations by the news organizations.

“Sometimes the companies we contract with to deliver packages do not meet our bar for safety, performance or working conditions,” Amazon said in a statement. “When that happens we have a responsibility to terminate those relationships and work to find new partners. We care a lot about the communities where we operate and work hard to ensure there is zero or very little net job loss in these communities.”

Full story: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/carolineodonovan/3200-amazon-drivers-are-going-to-lose-their-jobs

Published by Tiffany Brown

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