Amazon announced it is hiring 100,000 workers to try to meet surging demand. But as Popular Information reported last week, a significant number of Amazon’s workforce -- mainly part-time employees and contract workers -- are not receiving paid sick time.
In response to the pandemic, Amazon said it would provide two weeks of sick leave to “all Amazon employees diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed into quarantine”.
Amazon’s large contract workforce, which delivers packages and performs other critical tasks, is in even worse shape.
Amazon is not providing any sick leave at all for these workers, even if they test positive for COVID-19. Instead, these workers must apply to the “Amazon Relief Fund” and ask for a grant to cover their sick leave.
The fund is “focused on supporting our US-based Delivery Associates employed by Delivery Service Providers, our Amazon Flex Delivery Partners, and Associates working for Integrity Staffing, Adecco Staffing, and RES Staffing, and drivers and support team members of line haul partners under financial distress due to a COVID-19 diagnosis or quarantine".
Amazon donated $25 million to the fund and is soliciting individual donations to add to the pot. It initially included an option to donate by text.