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Wednesday, 29 April 2020 13:49

Employees Leave Amazon Warehouse Duties After Death Notification

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Employees Leave Amazon Warehouse Duties After Death Notification

TRACY - Employees at Amazon's Tracy Fulfillment Center reportedly left their duties this week after receiving notifications that two more workers tested positive for COVID-19, and one passed away.

Employees first reached out to CVTV April 17th after being notified that an employee tested positive for COVID-19 in the OAK4 building. Yesterday CVTV was contacted again saying they were verbally notified of the recent circumstances at the facility.

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The employee who reached out to CVTV on condition of anonymity said their shift had over 50 employees in the department, but once they were notified workers began to leave.

"We are short handed now working extra hard, and I'm questioning what I'm still doing here honestly. The atmosphere is quiet," the employee said. Initially in the first case, employees said they felt relatively safe working and appreciated Amazon's transparency. 

"I'm actually nervous now and wondering if it's even worth coming," the employee said. 

The employee was told that they were allowed to leave without getting in trouble, but also without pay.

Another employee wrote to CVTV to express their concern in the company's hiring process, saying that at times some workers are standing by and waiting for work assignments, making physical distancing difficult.

In the copy of the previous email obtained by CVTV, Amazon communicated to employees that the site had "undergone enhanded cleaning" since the discovery of the first COVID-19 positive test, and that social distancing was mandatory. The company also encouraged anyone to stay home who felt ill.

"We understand that you may be nervous about coming to work. Individuals will not be penalized for any absences."

Amazon released the following statement regarding the death:

"We are saddened by the loss of an associate at our site in Tracy, California. His family and loved ones are in our thoughts, and we are supporting his fellow colleagues in the days ahead."

Amazon went on to say the employee last worked April 1st with no reported symptoms. When they were made aware of his passing, the company immediately contacted his family to extend their support, and also communicated his passing to associates in the building.

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  • Guest - Jackie white

    Shut the dam plant down. My daughter works there it scares me she has small kids 50 people in one area is ridiculous.

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  • Guest - Annon

    I am a worker at Tracy amazon and to be honest I didn’t here anything about this but I was a new hire that started on April 3rd.

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  • Guest - Anonymous

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    I used to work at OAK4 and I saddened by their loss. I just learned today that Amazon plans to start testing employees for coronavirus and using coersion (threat of termination) to do it. There has been no formal announcement. Employees will just come in to work and be forced to comply or lose their jobs. The testing is invasive and will be conducted in Amazon's unsanitary, dusty, dirty warehouse environment.

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  • Guest - Nancy Davis

    I work at the Amazon SMF3 in Stockton CA. Our site is taking every precaution to ensure or safety at work. With so many people out of a job during this crisis I'm grateful to still be working.

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  • Guest - TAMMY HORNE

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    I ORDER ALOT FROM AMAZON EVERY MONTH AND EVERYTHING I HAVE READ SEEMS TO ME THEY ARE PROTECTING ALL THERE STAFF AND DOING ALL THEY CAN TO ABIDE BY THE RULES.

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  • Guest - Shannon Heck

    Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    I hope no one else gets it I'm sorry some workers have died from it god bless u all

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