Alberta’s first Amazon fulfillment centre has only been open a few months, but is already planning to open a second one in 2020.
Here to provide a bit of insight into the working conditions at the fulfillment center in Alberta is a worker I’ll refer to as “M” to protect their identity. M was a seasonal Amazon worker through November and December, hired for “peak” season, meaning she would work anywhere from 40-60 hours a week.
Rank & File Radio – Prairie Edition on CKUW 95.90 FM provides Canadian labour news and analysis across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. This show is an independent partner with RankandFile.ca and supported by listeners like you through Patreon, and UFCW Local 832. It is hosted by Emily Leedham.
This episode is broadcasting from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty 1 territory, the original lands of the Cree, Oji Cree Anishnaabeg Dakota and Dene peoples and the homeland of the Metis nation.
Today’s broadcast date is January 13, 2019.
Correction: In the episode, it is stated that Pennsylvania fulfillment centre workers were fainting from heat in 2018. The reports are from 2011. Amazon has since installed air conditioning.