Sunday, October 13, 2013

Amazon Associate Annual Pay, $23,894. Federal Poverty Level for a Family of Four, $23,550.

If glassdoor's statistics are to be believed.   (2013 Federal poverty guidelines.)

How a Madison developer helped bring Amazon to Wisconsin.  (Capital Times, 10/12/2013)

Sweatshop reference is not meant to be taken only literally, Phil Amazon has been criticized for running sweatshop-like operations, but Jennings says the Kenosha development will be a state-of-the art, air-conditioned facility that will include sophisticated package handling equipment.

Amazon warehouse workers complain of harsh conditions (Los Angeles Times, 10/1/2011)

I suspect the "work expectations" receive a higher priority from supervisors.  Workers said they were forced to endure brutal heat inside the sprawling warehouse and were pushed to work at a pace many could not sustain. Employees were frequently reprimanded regarding their productivity and threatened with termination, workers said. The consequences of not meeting work expectations were regularly on display, as employees lost their jobs and got escorted out of the warehouse. 

But how nice that paramedics had ambulances at the ready in Allentown, PA.

The Allentown Morning Call did its own investigation
  • "Inside Amazon's Warehouse."   Lehigh Valley workers tell of brutal heat, dizzying pace at online retailer.
  • "Amazon warehouse workers fight for unemployment benefits."   The company that staffs's Breinigsville warehouse is involved in more unemployment compensation appeal hearings -- hundreds per year -- than almost all other employers in Pennsylvania, according to a state source with access to the confidential records. 
  • "Amazon workers left out in the cold."   Paul Grady was working the night shift last November at an warehouse in Breinigsville when a fire alarm sounded, forcing employees to evacuate.
  • "Amazon gets heat over warehouse." Justine Frantz has spent $1,483.31 over the past several years buying gifts for her grandchildren from online retailer But the Lower Macungie resident said she won't give the Seattle company another penny after reading about working.

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