After a much blogged about expose revealed the borderline inhumane working conditions at Amazon's American shipping warehouses, the online retailer has made working in its facilities more humane. The same Allentown newspaper paper that ran original Amazon take down, The Morning Call, has checked in at the workplace nine months later and filed a follow-up report. Their finding: the warehouses are much improved. Motivated by bad press and worker backlash, Amazon invested $52 million in fitting 40 new, better air conditioning units in that infamous (and very steamy) warehouse, The Morning Call's Spencer Soper reports. Here are some of what workers told The Morning Call last September and now. Workers sound cheerier.
No need for ambulances, anymore.
Then: "One hot day, Goris said, he saw a co-worker pass out at the water fountain. On other hot days, he saw paramedics bring people out of the warehouse in wheelchairs and on stretchers," wrote The Morning Call's Soper.
Now: "I am very pleased to share that there does not appear to be a need to do so as they seem to have resolved any issue with intense heat to the best of our knowledge," Larry Wiersch, chief executive officer of Cetronia Ambulance Corps said. "It's nice to see them working to resolve concerns for the safety of their employees that work with them."