I Was Fired for Telling the Truth About Amazon. I Made Sure They Won't Forget Me.

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By Esquire
Photo credit: Bryan Anselm / Redux
The coronavirus pandemic has changed everyday life beyond recognition. It will shape our lives for years to come, mostly in ways that are impossible to predict or even understand. Esquire asked twenty people to share their experiences in the early months of the outbreak. Each of their ego accounts is a confirmation that none of us see this alone. The full list can be found here.
If you want to call us "essential", you have to think about our health. Our health is equally important.
Just like this country is now catching up because we weren't prepared - the same thing happened in the warehouse. In mid-March we actually had a party with a DJ and a popcorn machine. I said, "Where's the caution?" There was none. There was no security. It was as usual.
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On March 24th my colleague was tested positive. We were both superiors, process assistants. There was no transparency. Management was instructed not to tell our employees, but I could not stand for that. I had built relationships with these people. I've seen her more than my own children, so it was just insane for me to say nothing. So my colleague and I freely came back to the building around the clock, and we sat in the break room of the cafeteria and told the truth. And then we started to form a coalition.
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The frontliners, the first aiders - we see that the balance of power has to change. Capitalism benefits from lower and middle class people, especially at this time of life or death. And these billionaires are still making money, but they can't protect their workforce. I have no respect, man. You should be ashamed of yourself. We cannot let that happen again. We can not.

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I've heard that I'm "not smart or articulate". That was fun for me. For someone who is not smart or articulate, I have certainly managed to bring the world to my home. For someone who earns $ 25 an hour to speak to the richest man in the world, that means I speak the truth. It cost me my career, but it was worth it.
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