(NJ.com) Here in New Jersey, warehouse workers have been classified by the state as essential workers. It’s not hard to understand why.
Governor Murphy has implemented important measures to protect New Jersey workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as COVID-19 cases in warehouses grow, warehouse workers at companies like Barnes & Noble, Amazon and others are demanding additional state action. The Warehouse Workers Stand Up coalition has proposed Governor Murphy enact additional and immediate measures to protect warehouse workers.
(NorthJersey.com) Somewhat lost amid the uproar around Gov. Phil Murphy’s directive that New Jersey parks be closed to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus was another executive order issued last week: No. 122. That order calls for more restrictions on essential retail stores, such as supermarkets — including limiting stores to a 50% occupancy rate and greater protections for workers at warehouses and in manufacturing, because, Murphy said, “no one should be working where social distancing isn’t being practiced to its fullest extent.”
Last week, Barnes & Noble workers in Monroe Township protested and demanded the company close this facility for two weeks with full pay to fully sanitize the facility, allow workers to self-quarantine during this closure and implement additional protections upon reopening.
If Barnes & Noble cannot guarantee the safety of its facilities it’s time for elected officials to act.
(Reporte Hispano) (In Spanish) Un grupo de trabajadores y activistas comunitarios protestaron a las puertas del almacén de depósito (warehouse) de Barnes & Noble, para exigir que la compañía ofrezca medidas de seguridad que eviten la propagación del COVID-19.
Warehouse workers at Barnes & Noble protested Tuesday afternoon for safer working conditions after 9 employees contracted COVID-19
(My Central Jersey) MONROE – Employees of a Barnes & Noble distribution center in the township are demanding action by the company after at least five employees there tested positive for the coronavirus.
(My Central Jersey) Warehouse workers at Barnes & Noble protested Tuesday afternoon for safer working conditions after 9 employees contracted COVID-19. (Photo Gallery)
(News12) Barnes & Noble workers in Monroe Township protested Tuesday after they were upset nine warehouse employees tested positive for coronavirus.
(Vice) Nine Barnes & Noble workers in a single New Jersey warehouse have tested positive for Covid-19, Motherboard has learned. Workers there are staging a protest at the factory Tuesday because they say the company hasn’t given them sufficient protections.
(CNN) Employees at the facility received a letter from management Tuesday morning telling them as many as nine of their coworkers are currently suffering from Covid-19 symptoms, according to a spokesman for the Laundry Distribution and Food Service joint board union, which helped organize a planned protest by Barnes & Noble workers Tuesday. Only five of the nine alleged Covid-19 cases have been confirmed by doctors, Barnes & Noble director of communications Alex Ortolani told CNN Business.