The California Senate has passed a warehouse workers bill, targeting the Amazon

For years, algorithms have pushed workers to share punishment. Yesterday, the Senate passed AB 701 by 26 to 11, a bill primarily targeting Amazon and other storage companies that track worker productivity. The bill prohibits employers from calculating health and safety rules — and yes, shower comfort — against the production time of warehouse workers, which is increasingly controlled by algorithms. The bill, which regulators consider the first country to address the future of algorithmic work, has now gone to Governor Gavin Nisom for his signature.

Although some observers expect Newsom to sign the law, given his background in other pro-action laws, such as AB 5, she has been the mother of AB 701 thus far. Asked about his intentions, Newsom only expressed his displeasure, saying, "When the bill reaches the governor's office, it will be evaluated accordingly." (The governor is currently rejecting the Sept. 14 by-election.) The bill would help build a dummy assembly line on state assembly lines. Barra worked for 5 months until the end of his career in 2019 at Rialto Execution Center, California. When he was hired, he didn't notice the difficulty of the productivity system or the amount of employee tracking matrix based on Amazon's camera and barcode. It was believed that only soldiers would be shot. Amazon"> During a busy traffic, Barra's barcode scanning got stuck under several boxes on the conveyor belt. As more boxes lined up, he tried to drop the gun. Eventually he threw it." But she hit him in the face and hit his eye until he saw a black moment, and minutes later his supervisor asked him why he stopped the examination and said “I was thinking how did he know? He wasn't in the area.” At a local clinic, he said he got a wet paper towel and ibuprofen, then was told that He goes to work. My boss said, “I saw you taking ibuprofen.” He remembers coldly that you will be fine. In the midst of his poor eyesight, he became acutely aware that he was under constant eye watch.

After some time, Barrera also wrote a different "Silent Time" manager. Task, “Amazon’s employee productivity tracking system. For more than five minutes without scanning a barcode, the TOT clock ticks, regardless of whether it was spent showering, cleaning the workplace, sneezing, or just breathing. (In June, Amazon reviewed the system and showed Average tote over a longer period.) The tote was too much to write about and eventually to finish. "Sometimes we'd chat and the girls would say I'm on my period and doing my job," Barra says when he reports his next scheduled shift, He found that his job had been canceled and his badge was not working.(Amazon did not respond to requests for comment on Barra's story or anything else related to AB 701.)


AB 701 changes the game for workers like Barra. Labor notifies workers of productivity quotas upon hiring, as well as any penalties for negligence. Toilet travel is not considered vacation, and health and safety measures such as towing or disinfecting the workplace are not permitted. (“Travel” is an operational word. Many warehouses are large enough to take 10 to 15 A minute walk back and forth to the bathroom. says Bara Eight If you walk.) It also gives workers this right. Allow 90 days to apply. It deserves its productivity and allows the state labor committee to access information about quotas and damages. If the employer does not comply, the employee can file a lawsuit under a state law called the Special Prosecutor Act. PAGA operates as the state Senate calls it a "force multiplier" to enforce labor law. Workers as a public prosecutor This allows employees to sue their employers for safety and security violations and to work not only on their behalf but also against their colleagues and the government. After negotiating with business groups, legislators added an article to AB 701 giving employers 30 days to resolve the issue before starting PAGA. If a PAGA worker wins, the companies will have to pay civil fines, but they will not be compensated. The easing of the order means that they must stop the behavior in question and pay the workers' attorneys. "This is not a profitable cow," said bill proponent Lorna Gonzalez, who backed the bill. Twice as much damage as non-Amazon warehouse workers.

Gonzalez concludes that workers need to organize to protect them. Does the computer produce what the worker should be able to do, then push, push and push. We've also seen it in the self-employment economy. We thought, cool, that our laws were seriously insufficient to address this problem. In addition to changes to the Time Off Task policy, the company announced that it will stop pre-employment screening of marijuana.

Industry groups opposed to the bill say the current law gives workers the right to food and rest. Perhaps Cal-OSHA, or the Committee on Chronic Budget Deficits, may need more resources, says Rachel Michelin, president of the California Retailers Association. Workers' groups say this fact ignores the way modern warehouses operate, which sometimes appears in million-square-foot buildings. said Kristin Castro, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Labor Union, who co-sponsored the bill with representatives of the California native team. Anbar Workers Affairs Council and Resource Center. “The workers are afraid that they will be disrupted because it takes a long time to get there and get them back,” he says. "Also, if these requirements had already been successful, their workers would not have suffered so much," he added. There is no simple explanation for how employers manage workers' time in the meantime. Before algorithms could control and direct a worker's every movement, second by second, employees needed more flexibility to steal breaks in time. “You could be a warehouse worker down the street (at Amazon) working for a food distribution company. They give you a list of things you need to get from the warehouse, put them on a pallet and load them onto the truck. You have X time to do it. If you want to relax, go. To the bathroom, and take a breath because you only picked up five cans of cat food, you have time to do it. The company's level of control is called “micro-management.” He said, “It varies from farming to automobile.” He was looking for one or two specific businesses—companies Roaring startups Uber and Lyft—but many other companies got involved.” Beth Gotelius, director of research at the University of Illinois Center for Urban Economic Development, expects fewer unintended consequences with AB 701. I don't think we'll see the same dynamic game here.” Instead, He believes he can nip bad behaviors in the bud. "It shows the other companies that lead Amazon that their windows may be closed because they can play sandbox without a real legal framework." Luis Portillo, director of public policy at Business Inland Empire, where Barrera's former headquarters is located, is concerned about the viability of quotas for employees, as daily workloads vary based on product flow. The bill was criticized for aiding conditions that might force warehouses to leave the state. But because suppliers and customers are so close to locating the warehouses, and given the major California ports, it's hard for some observers to hear, at least in most cases. “I don't think there is a way that Amazon could eliminate its distribution network in California and still be competitive in competitive ways,” Gotlius says. Warehouse quota standards, but has been abolished. But Gonzalez does not consider it closed. "Finally, we have to get there." He believes the data they collect through law, if signed off, could help lawmakers or Cal-OSHA set the standard. Gotelius sees the bill as a model for other states, although he believes the ultimate goal is federal legislation. But the devil is in the details. "I think we'll learn a lot from how the bill gets through legislation and how to implement it. Our labor laws haven't been funded for long, so I think there are some real questions about capacity."

Regardless of the outcome, the organizers are working hard to keep fighting. The pandemic has drawn the attention of essential workers and the often hazardous conditions they work under, and not just in California. "When workers at similar companies in other states are informed of their success in California, you can be sure that they will seek some similar support," Veromene says. "Because you are playing with the working lives of the workers."

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