USA: Labour leaders criticise Amazon for using 'cheaper labour from out of state' instead of local contractors at new fulfilment centre

Author: Ryan Deto, Pittsburgh City Paper, Published on: 6 December 2019

"Labor leaders and Democrats decry Amazon for not using local contractors to build fulfillment center ", 22 November 2019

...the announcement that Amazon would be opening up a fulfillment center in Findlay Township was received well...and local leaders were excited to announce the 800 jobs the center would bring. But labor leaders are now raising concerns about the jobs for the people constructing the Amazon facility.

Allegheny-Fayette Labor Council President Darrin Kelly issued a...statement...alleging that Amazon was using out-of-state contractors to do work that local labor unions could do...

...Kelly accused Amazon of bringing in “cheaper labor from out of state,” and said he wished the large tech company would have communicated more with local officials and labor leaders before starting construction...

...Amazon spokesperson Rachael Lighty...said both union and non-union local subcontractors were given an opportunity to bid for work on the site, and eight contractors from Pennsylvania and Ohio were currently under contract...

...Kelly called Amazon’s statement “vague and misleading,” and said it doesn’t “change the fact that the vast majority of this work is being done by multiple out-of-state contractors."...

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Related companies: Amazon.com