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Leaked report from Amazon warns it could run out of new warehouse staff to hire in the US by 2024

Amazon could be out of hiring by 2024 as the company burns its entire warehouse staff every year thanks to grueling shifts, a leaked internal document reveals.

The document, first reported by recode, contains the words: “If we continue with business as usual, Amazon will exhaust the available labor supply in the US network by 2024.”

The document was published internally in 2021. According to Recode, an Amazon spokesperson has not disproved its authenticity.

The areas where workers are expected to be most scarce include the Inland Empire, California, an hour and a half east of Los Angeles. The region is about two hours away from 20 million potential Amazon customers.

The document said Amazon could be without new employees in the Inland Empire by the end of 2021 or 2022, although warehouses in the Inland Empire will continue to operate, and it’s unclear what staffing problems they currently face.

Arizona Mesa could also be out of staff very soon, as statistics show that Amazon — famous for the punitive, tightly controlled labor conditions imposed on warehouse workers — is losing more workers than it hires each year.

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy (above) said employee safety is the company's top priority

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy (above) said employee safety is the company’s top priority

In 2020, six out of every 100 Amazon employees were injured, according to the Washington Post.

In 2020, six out of every 100 Amazon employees were injured, according to the Washington Post.

Wilmington, Delaware and Memphis, Tennessee are also at risk of being out of staff, the report found.

According to Amazon’s own data, the company had a turnover of 123 percent last year.

That means, over the course of the year, the number of employees who left the company equaled the total number who worked there at the beginning of the year — adding another 23 percent.

Many Amazon employees stay longer, especially those in senior positions. But others come and go over the course of a year, inflating attrition.

Amazon employs approximately one million people in the US, including employees at its headquarters, making it the second-largest private employer after the 2.3-million-strong Walmart family.

The attrition rate is well above the national average for the most common Amazon jobs, in warehouse work and transportation.

The national average for warehouse and transportation loss was 46% in 2019 and 59% in 2020.

While for retail work the average was 58% in 2019 and 70% in 2020.

In 2020, six for every 100 Amazon employees were injured, according to the Washington Post.

In September, Andy Jassy, ​​the company’s CEO, said in an interview on CNBC, “For us, employee safety is the number one priority for us at our fulfillment centers.”

Jassy took over as CEO from founder Jeff Bezos in July 2021.

In the years before Covid-19, Amazon lost employees at a rate of 3% per week combined with 150% annual revenue, reports the New York Times.

Among the many reasons for the potential shortage of workers are Amazon’s controversial labor practices and employee health and safety.

Jose Pagan, pictured here, said he was electronically discharged after taking two days off to treat an infected tooth

Jose Pagan, pictured here, said he was electronically discharged after taking two days off to treat an infected tooth

An anecdote in the Recode article mentions an Amazon supervisor from The Bronx in New York.

Jose Pagan, 35, who supported his wife and children with his Amazon salary, said he was electronically fired after missing work to treat an infected tooth.

Pagan said he had not received enough notice to use vacation days and had not enough unpaid time off, leading to his termination.

He went on to say that even though he had a doctor’s note, the company didn’t care.

Pagan was working for a whole week after his health issues and found he had been fired when he showed up for work one night and found that his keycard was not working.

He was then told that he no longer worked for the company.

Pagan went to an HR representative who told him that the company would welcome him back in 90 days and that in the meantime he should try to get some work as a driver at Uber or Grubhub.

At the time of his resignation, Pagan was on the verge of being promoted.

A former manager said: 'It was almost impossible to be fired as an employee'

A former manager said: ‘It was almost impossible to be fired as an employee’

Jassy said in an internal memo to employees in April 2022 that there is no 'silver bullet' to magically make Amazon facilities safer

Jassy said in an internal memo to employees in April 2022 that there is no ‘silver bullet’ to magically make Amazon facilities safer

Despite multiple reports of occasional layoffs, a former Amazon factory manager in Phoenix told Recode that the culture is now more focused on employee retention due to high turnover.

Michael Garrigan said: “They were so concerned about attrition and losing people that they rolled back all the policies we had to enforce as managers.”

Garrigan said managers joked that they didn’t bother to quote employees because HR “would exempt it.”

He said, “It was almost impossible to be fired as a worker.”

Jassy said in an internal memo to employees in April 2022 that there is no “silver bullet” to magically make Amazon facilities safer, reports CBS news.

Jassy said in part, “We don’t want to be average. We want to be top of the class. We still have a way to go.’

While in December 2021, six Amazon employees were killed in Edwardsville, Illinois, when a tornado hit the facility.

Workers who survived the tornado later filed a lawsuit against the construction company that built the facility. In it, prosecutors said there was no proper shelter available inside, reported KMOV in May 2022.

After the tornado, Amazon denied claims by employees at the Edwardsville center that the company banned them from using their cell phones at work, reports Business Insider.

According to the action group More perfect union, two workers died within 24 hours of each other at the Bessemer, Alabama plant.

The group said one of the deceased men’s request to go home was rejected by HR. Hours later, he suffered a fatal stroke at work.

The group claims that a total of six people died at the Bessemer facility by 2021 and that Amazon has covered up the deaths.

Amazon denies these allegations.

In April 2022, Amazon was charged with illegal attempts to influence a defeated vote to unite at the Bessemer facility, reports CNBC.

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