Posted by on September 10, 2021 11:01 pm
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California Legislature Passes Bill Targeting Warehouse Productivity Quotas

California lawmakers passed a landmark bill Sept. 9 that requires warehouses to disclose productivity quotas and prohibit targets that violate worker health and safety codes. The amended AB 701 passed the Assembly with a 52-19 vote and is currently sitting on the governor’s desk for approval. The bill aims to protect warehouse workers at distribution centers like Amazon from productivity quotas that need to be completed within a certain timeframe, thus resulting in missed meals and bathroom breaks. “We’ve heard disturbing stories of back-breaking working conditions in Amazon warehouses that use algorithms to enforce dangerous work speeds,” author of AB 701 Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales (D-San Diego), the bill’s author, said in a statement. “Amazon is pushing workers to risk their bodies for next-day delivery, while they can’t so much as use the restroom without fearing retaliation. AB 701 gives workers the tools and protections necessary to be able to speak up …

Originally appeared on The Epoch Times

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