Amazon protest Woodside


Anti-Amazon protesters target planned distribution center in Queens

February 21, 2019 - 2:04 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Opponents already convinced Amazon not to build a new headquarters in Long Island City, but they’re not done with the online retailer yet.

There was a demonstration Thursday morning in Woodside at the site of a future distribution center for Amazon near 26-15 Boody Street.

According to the Commercial Observer, Amazon signed a lease for the 83,000-square-foot building.  

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State Sen. Jessica Ramos joined labor leaders and members of the community in calling out Amazon for what they describe as a track record of wage theft, exploitative practices and dangerous health and safety conditions.

One man, who wouldn’t give his name, told 1010 WINS that he worked for the company for a month and a half at the warehouse on Staten Island before he was fired for low productivity.

“Do not fall for Amazon’s propaganda,” he said. “Amazon is only in it for themselves. The way they treat workers is anything but human.”

Maritza Silva-Farrell, executive director of the Alliance for a Greater New York, said the city will hold the company accountable.

"Amazon needs to realize that if they're to come to New York, they have to change their practices and allow workers to collectively bargain if they wish," she said. 

Amidst the latest round of protests, there’s word that Gov. Andrew Cuomo may still be hoping to bring Amazon to New York.

Empire State Development CEO Howard Zemsky told a Manhattan meeting of the agency’s board of directors that the governor is “not burning any bridges” with Amazon.