Seattle Amazon workers walk out over climate, remote work concerns

May 30, 2023, 5:09 PM | Updated: May 31, 2023, 1:13 pm

Seattle Amazon walkout...

Amazon workers walkout in protest of companies environmental promises and remote work policy (Photo from Kate Stone)

(Photo from Kate Stone)

Amazon workers at Seattle headquarters participated in a walkout at noon Wednesday, according to KIRO Newsradio’s Kate Stone, as employee organizers are calling to walk off the job in response to the company’s newly implemented return-to-office mandate and environmental policies.

Amazon was one of the first companies to claim it had over-hired during the pandemic.

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“Morale feels like it’s at an all-time low,” said an Amazon employee who plans to participate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect their job. “In meetings and one-on-ones with colleagues, there’s so much uncertainty and lack of clarity from leadership. It’s an unsettling time to work at Amazon.”

Rising interest rates hit the tech industry particularly hard by hurting the ability of start-ups, in particular, to gain easy access to cash. Meta, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon all slashed tens of thousands of jobs in an effort to keep the balance sheet stable.

Some workers have blamed the companies’ top executives for failing to make better investments or avoiding an overly optimistic hiring spree that partially led to these cuts in the first place, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.

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Others were angry about finding out about the layoffs from news reports and the lack of clarity from senior leaders about the overall mission of the company, the people said.

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Seattle Amazon workers walk out over climate, remote work concerns