UNETHICAL: Amazon Forced Workers Who Died at Illinois Warehouse to Stay as Lethal Tornadoes Hit
Managers for Big Tech megacorporation Amazon forced warehouse workers to remain on the job in an Illinois warehouse as lethal tornadoes rolled across large portions of the state, with a text message from one worker who died in a warehouse collapse indicating his overseers forced him to remain at the facility.
Larry Virden, an Iraq War veteran and a father of four children, died in a collapse of the Edwardsville, Illinois Amazon warehouse as a result of brutal tornadoes that battered Illinois and Kentucky on Friday evening. Six Amazon workers died during the warehouse collapse, fatalities that could’ve been easily avoided by sending workers home that evening.
In particularly disturbing fashion, Virden’s girlfriend has published text messages from the father in which he reveals Amazon managers forced the workers to stay at the Edwardsville facility as tornadoes came rolling in.
The Facebook message Virden sent his girlfriend Cherie Jones was sent under 20 minutes before tornadoes hit Edwardsville. Workers had to evacuate the warehouse as the severity of the tornadoes became clear, with authorities finding six deceased during recovery operations the next day.
In spite of mainstream media fixation on the company, Amazon is widely known throughout the democratic world as one of the most unethical and greedy large employers, with workers routinely suffering injuries and subjected to unsafe conditions at its warehouses. OHSA and the state of Illinois are conducting an investigation into the tragedy, but initial descriptions make it seem as if they’re investigating the structural faults of the warehouse rather than unsafe labor practices .
Friday night’s tornadoes were most felt in Kentucky, with current estimates indicating the state suffered from more than 70 fatalities in one of the most deadly natural disasters in the state’s history.
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