A coalition of four labor unions is claiming that Amazon put workers at risk by underreporting the number of COVID-19 cases in its facilities last year to the Department of Labor.
The Strategic Organizing Center (SOC) issued a report claiming that it reviewed data Amazon sent to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2020 and found that it "systematically failed to record COVID-19 cases in its warehouses, recording only 27 work-related illnesses."
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The coalition then cited Amazon's October 2020 report in which the company acknowledged that 19,816 front-line Amazon and Whole Foods Market employees tested positive or have been presumed positive for COVID-19.
"This means that Amazon claimed to OSHA that almost none of the tens of thousands of COVID-19 infections among its workers were work-related," the SOC said.