During the National Day, fires broke out in three Amazon warehouses in the United States, which caused the suspension of warehouse operations, the refusal of employees to return to work, and the suspension of employees.
According to foreign media reports, on October 3, a fire broke out at Amazon’s JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island, New York, USA, interrupting warehouse operations. On the day of the fire, day-shift workers went home with pay, while night-shift workers were told to wait in the rest area until management figured out the situation. Among them, about 100 night shift warehouse workers held a sit-in protest at the factory headquarters, refusing to work for several hours because the warehouse smelled of smoke, had difficulty breathing, and the workers demanded to go home with pay.
In a statement two days later, Amazon spokesman Paul Fleningen confirmed the fire and about 50 workers had been suspended. Of those, 10 were union leaders who led the operation, and 40 were warehouse workers who refused to return to work.
Amazon also said that all warehouse employees have been safely evacuated. After the New York Fire Department confirmed that the warehouse was safe, Amazon required all night-shift employees to report to their shifts regularly. Fleningen said that while the vast majority of employees reported to their workstations, a small number refused to return to work. Permission to remain in the building.
On the same night ( on the evening of October 3), a fire also broke out at Amazon's HSV1 warehouse in Alabama. It is reported that this is the second fire in the warehouse in the past two weeks, and it also occurred in the same location. Some employees reported that after the last fire, the warehouse opened again after being closed for nearly a week, and the smell of smoke can still be smelled inside, and half of the warehouses are restricted areas.
In addition, on the evening of October 5, a fire also broke out at another Amazon warehouse, ALB1, outside Albany, N.Y., which began around 10:50 p.m. and continued until shortly after midnight, according to the Schodack Police Department. Flaningen said the incident was a "little fire" and out of an abundance of caution, night shift workers were sent home with pay and the day shift was canceled the next day, who were also paid.
It is reported that the JFK8 warehouse is Amazon's only union warehouse. As it happens, workers at the ALB1 warehouse outside Albany, N.Y., on the night of October 5, will vote a few days later on whether to become the second Amazon employee to join the Amazon union.