Thousands of Amazon employees had petitioned to Amazon to give their workforce paid time off on Election Day.
Last week, thousands of Amazon employees had petitioned the tech giant to grant paid leave on Election Day. According to reports, the petition urges the company to provide paid time off for eight hours on November 3 so staff could do election activities, such as voting and volunteering in polling stations.
Petition for Time-Off
On September 13, over 3,000 Amazon tech staff joined the petition to urge the company to provide an eight-hour paid time off on Election Day for all its workers. But on the evening of that day, the petition had gone up to 4,000 signatures.
Thousands of Amazon's tech workers have signed a petition calling for the e-commerce giant to provide paid time off to all of its employees to vote https://t.co/kav8Tf6Exo
— CNN Business (@CNNBusiness) October 14, 2020
According to an NBC News report, the petition reads:
“We are less than a month away from the 2020 US election. I strongly urge the company to provide the entire US employee workforce with a paid day/shift off that can be used anytime between now and Election Day on November 3.”
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Amazon, the second-largest American private employer, said that the company had provided instructions to workers on requesting time off to register and vote.
Particularly, the spokesperson added that those workers from states with in-person voting can be provided excused time off. “The number of hours and pay provided to employees varies by state in line with local laws.”
On the other hand, several other companies have announced a paid time off for workers on Election Day. It includes Facebook, Apple, and even retail giant, Walmart.
Organizers of the Petition
CNN Business said a collection of corporate employees launched the petition through an internal company ticketing system. The group that organized the petition is Amazon Employees for Climate Justice. Previously, the group had urged Amazon to formulate climate change initiatives. Additionally, it had also called out the company regarding its treatment of warehouse workers during the pandemic.
Months ago, Amazon had terminated the two former leaders of the corporate group. Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa both claimed their layoff comes because of their criticisms of the company in support of the workers. But Amazon said that Cunningham and Costa broke their “internal policies.”