Amazon and Jeff Bezos have made a killing from the pandemic while underpaid warehouse employees have to work in unsafe, unsanitary conditions. On Prime Day, the most lucrative date on the company calendar, workers are organizing to challenge “Amazon capitalism.”
Jake Alimahomed-Wilson is professor of sociology at California State University, Long Beach and coeditor of Choke Points: Logistics Workers Disrupting the Global Supply Chain and The Cost of Free Shipping: Amazon in the Global Economy (Pluto Press, 2020).
In the logistics industry, from port workers to truckers to delivery drivers, time is of the essence. Their potential control over that time gives workers enormous leverage in the global economy.