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Work Shouldn’t Hurt: California Needs AB 701

On Monday, Aug 30, Courage California joined the AB 701 Lobby Day to combat Amazon’s warehouse injury epidemic in California.

Warehouse Workers Protection Act Press Conference & Demonstration

  • CA Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego)
  • Ron Herrera, President, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • CA Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Inland Empire)
  • CA Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles)
  • Yesenia Barrera, Former Amazon Worker
  • Jason Rabinowitz, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 2010
  • Ana Padilla, Executive Director, UC Merced Community and Labor Center
  • Gloria Alvarado, Executive Director, Orange County Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
  • Fabrizio Sasso, Executive Director, Sacramento Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Cesar Castro, UPS Worker

AB 701, authored by CA Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (AD 80), “the Warehouse Workers Protection Act” would protect frontline warehouse workers by requiring employers to disclose quotas and work speed standards to workers and state enforcement agencies. It would also prohibit employers from penalizing workers for time spent complying with health and safety laws. This bill is the first of its kind in the nation and begins to set standards for the future of algorithmic based work.

Big business and retail giants have already doubled their efforts to stop the bill with misleading social media ads and the use of corporate lobbyists to sway votes. 

Amazon’s own records show that its workers were injured on the job at double the average rate of the general warehousing industry and triple the average rate across all private employers in 2018.  In fact, Amazon warehouse workers are injured more frequently than coal miners, lumberjacks, trash collectors, and police officers.

Support warehouse workers and call on your CA Senator to VOTE YES on AB 701 (The Warehouse Worker Protection Act), because work shouldn’t hurt! (It takes just ONE minute.)