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Atlas Air pilots' union supports worldwide Amazon warehouse strike


Atlas Air pilots who fly cargo for Amazon.com voiced their solidarity for warehouse workers employed by the e-commerce giant who are on strike to win more compensation, reports London's FlightGlobal.
Amazon warehouse workers are striking around the world to protest 10-hour shifts with too few rest or bathroom breaks, especially during holidays and high demand periods.
The cargo pilots of Teamsters Local 1224 are not on strike but their union president Michael Russo attended a picket line in Shakopee, Minnesota, to express the support of pilots at Atlas Air, Southern Air and ABX Air. These carriers fly cargo for customers including DHL and Amazon.
"As we know firsthand, Amazon's business model too often neglects the well-being of the workers who make the e-commerce giant so incredibly successful," Mr Russo says. "We want to make sure we're engaged in a sustainable, long-term operation."
Said an Amazon statement: "If these groups - unions and the politicians they rally to their cause - really want to help the American worker, we encourage them to focus their energy on passing legislation for an increase in the federal minimum wage, because $7.25 is too low."

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