Report reveals Amazon’s relationship with California’s labor productivity bill

Report reveals Amazon’s relationship with California’s labor productivity bill
Report reveals Amazon’s relationship with California’s labor productivity bill

California is preparing to pass a new bill that conflicts with the productivity-measuring algorithms allegedly used in centers Amazon, as recently reported by NPR’s Morning Edition and The New York Times.

The bill passed by the California Legislative Chamber in May, and the upper house is expected to vote on it next week, if passed, the law would put new transparency requirements on automated quota systems, and prevent any systems that would endanger the health and safety of workers, according to The Verege. .

When introducing the bill in July, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) cited a Verge report that found “hundreds” of Amazon warehouse employees had been fired for failing to meet productivity quotas at a single facility in Baltimore over a period of just over a year, The linked documents demonstrated a highly automated system for tracking individual employee productivity rates.

“To make next-day delivery possible, companies like Amazon have forced warehouse employees to work faster and serve more customers with more orders in record time slots and risk their bodies in the process,” assembly member Gonzalez said in a statement. Any worker who sacrifices his basic human needs, or accepts such unkind terms for wages, we cannot accept this as the new future of work.”

The text of the Gonzales bill does not name Amazon, but simply requires all warehouse employers in California to give workers access to the details of any quota used to measure it. Specifically, employees can request a “written description of each quota an employee is subject to, including in that specified number of tasks to be performed, or materials to be produced or handled, within the specified time period, and any potentially harmful functional action which may result from failure to meet the quota.”

The bill also bans any quota system that prevents meal breaks, rest or use of the bathroom.

Bathroom breaks are a particularly sore spot for Amazon After the company’s high-profile battle over anecdotal reports that the company’s delivery drivers were forced to pee into bottles while at work, Amazon initially denied the reports, leading to dozens of drivers sharing their experiences. Despite the difficulties in taking breaks at work, most of the concerns about bathroom breaks are focused on delivery drivers who would not be subject to the Gonzales Act.

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