Hundreds of Amazon employees plan to join climate change strike

CNET | 9/9/2019 | Ben Fox Rubin
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Most of the walkout participants so far come from Amazon's Seattle headquarters.

Over 940 Amazon employees plan to walk out of work later this month, as part of a global climate change demonstration.

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Amazon Employees For Climate Justice, a group of Amazon workers trying to push their company to take greater actions on climate change, organized an internal petition for the Sept. 20 walkout, the group confirmed in a Medium post Monday. Both Wired and Vice earlier reported the planned demonstration. Most of the walkout participants so far are from Amazon's Seattle headquarters, with many taking planned vacation days to participate, Wired said.

"As employees at one of the largest and most powerful companies in the world, our role in facing the climate crisis is to ensure our company is leading on climate, not following," the employees wrote on Medium.

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The walkout will be part of "Global Climate Strike," a student-led movement to be held Sept. 20 to 27 that was sparked by climate activist Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old from Sweden. The demonstrations are being held during the United Nations Climate Action Summit, on Sept. 23.

"Playing a significant role in helping to reduce the sources of human-induced climate change is an important commitment for Amazon," an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement Monday. "We have dedicated sustainability teams who have been working for years on initiatives to reduce our environmental impact."

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Asked whether Amazon supports the strike or would retaliate against employees who walk...
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