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Amazon workers protest outside Jeff Bezos' NYC home for better COVID-19 protections
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Droves of Amazon workers vying for stricter safety standards during the COVID-19 pandemic took their fight to Jeff Bezos' Manhattan home Wednesday.
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Protesters gathered outside the Amazon chief executive's multimillion-dollar Fifth Avenue residence to call attention to Bezos and other CEOs who they claim have made billions during the global health crisis while putting workers' lives at risk.
"Workers will call out Jeff Bezos and other CEOs as 'pandemic profiteers' who have made billions while putting workers and their families, friends, and neighbors at risk," according to ALIGN NY, one of the groups that organized the rally.
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The organization, along with numerous other workers, is calling for state lawmakers to pass the New York Health and Essential Rights Act, otherwise known as the NY HERO Act. The legislation would mandate the Departments of Labor and Health to implement minimum standards for workplace safety, enforceable through significant fines. Regulations would include protocols on testing, PPE, social distancing, hand hygiene, disinfection and engineering controls.