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Amazon faces worker demands — from shareholders

May 11, 2022


Union organizers aren’t the only Amazon stakeholders demanding changes to its workplace policies, thanks in part to a shift in focus at the Securities and Exchange Commission.

At its annual shareholders meeting later this month, Amazon will be putting forth a handful of shareholder proposals dealing with worker rights after the SEC denied its requests to keep them out of its proxy statement. Five out of the 15 shareholder proposals (all of which Amazon advises against) deal with transparency around working conditions at the e-commerce giant. Those include a proposal to include hourly employees as director candidates; conduct a report on worker health and safety disparities; additional reporting on warehouse working conditions; and additional reporting on gender and racial pay disparities at its warehouses.

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