By Dieter Holger

 

A group of 500 tech workers are backing demands by warehouse employees to continue to provide paychecks and shutter any Amazon.com Inc. site if a worker tests positive for Covid-19, the Amazon Employees for Climate Justice said Wednesday.

Amazon workers receive paid sick leave if they test positive for Covid-19 but, as the tests aren't readily available, workers who have symptoms should also qualify for paid leave without a positive test, the group said.

"Amazon warehouse workers and delivery drivers from around the world reached out to Amazon Employees for Climate Justice for corporate worker support," the tech workers said. "Logistics workers are on the front lines risking their lives now."

The tech employees joined at least 4,500 warehouse workers who signed a letter dated March 17 to Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos.

"We want to work in a clean facility. We want to work where we are [going to] be safe, our kids are [going to] be safe, our families are going to be safe. How can we be essential workers when our lives are not essential?" said one worker at a protest outside an Amazon facility in Chicago on Monday.

 

Write to Dieter Holger at dieter.holger@wsj.com; @dieterholger

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

April 01, 2020 09:27 ET (13:27 GMT)

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