Amazon has publicly apologized to Congressman Mark Pocan after Pocan accused Amazon of forcing drivers into such unhygienic practices of relieving themselves into bottles. Amazon shot back with a strong denial and questioned Pocan’s motives. Since then, Amazon has come to realize they were wrong and was forced to issue the apology.
“We know that drivers can and do have double finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes, and this has been especially the case during Covid when many public bathrooms have been closed” the company’s statement read. Pocan originally said
Paying workers $15/ per hour doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you union-bust and make workers urinate in water bottles.”
Amazon said it initially thought Pocan was referring to Amazon employees at its warehouses and distribution centers when it issued the denial according to an Amazon statement. There are others like Shiela Gonzalez who claim Amazon’s worker treatment for warehouse and distribution center employees is brutally difficult, with unrealistic demands forcing employees to take odd and unhealthy shortcuts in person needs while at work. Amazon strongly denies this and said in the past that it puts out goals and when they realize those goals are too difficult they always readjust them to ensure workers are efficient but safe.