Matt Day and Spencer Soper
Amazon Has Turned a Middle-Class Warehouse Career into a McJob
Amazon’s warehouses threaten the pay level of workers in logistics – which was a career field, not a gig.
Amazon’s impact on retail is undeniable, but as Matt Day and Spencer Soper report for Bloomberg, its fast growth and increasing power now affect other industries. The e-commerce titan is becoming a force in logistics – moving goods from warehouses to buyers. The opening of many Amazon warehouses across the United States coincided with downward pressure on local logistics workers’ salaries. These workers, who have long enjoyed union protection and good pay, worry that the rapid growth of Amazon’s fulfillment operations threatens salaries industry-wide. A twist may be in the offing: In 2021, Amazon workers in an Alabama facility are likely to vote on a proposal to unionize.
About the Authors
Matt Day reports for Bloomberg Technology, with a focus on Amazon. Spencer Soper covers e-commerce for Bloomberg.
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