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Rallies planned in protest of Amazon on Prime Day, including at Seattle HQ

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Immigrant rights and labor leaders are using Amazon’s Prime Day, the annual 48-hour shopping event that rakes in billions, to draw attention to workplace conditions, pay and the company’s ties with ICE.

Protests are expected at Seattle’s Amazon headquarters today in conjunction with protests in San Francisco and Portland. Warehouse workers in Minnesota are also planning a six-hour work stoppage in a strike over working conditions.

Workers at Amazon’s nonunion facilities in Minnesota began publicly complaining last year about harsh working conditions, increasing workloads, safety and limited advancement opportunities, according to a report from the Associated Press. The planned work stoppage overlaps the morning and evening shifts during the major sale.

The Seattle-based company, which says Amazon Prime has over 100 million paid members, called the organizers’ allegations baseless, according to the Associated Press.

KIRO 7 will follow any protests in Seattle and you can find the latest information on our website and in the KIRO 7 News app.

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