Seattle Councillors Warn New Yorkers of Risks from Amazon Expansion

HeadlineJan 09, 2019

In New York City, two Seattle city councillors warned activists and local leaders about the potential unwanted consequences of the new Amazon headquarters, due to be built in Queens. At a Monday organizing event, they said that Seattle did not respond fast enough to Amazon’s expansion, which left the city with a housing crisis as real estate prices soared. The councillors urged New Yorkers to resist an unfettered corporate takeover and demand fair labor conditions. Since Amazon’s announcement of its “HQ2” plans in November, community organizations and some local leaders have been protesting the move. Last month, employees at a new Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island announced plans to unionize, citing safety, long hours and low pay as some of their concerns.

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