In response to criticism over low wages this week, Amazon publicly urged its warehouse workers to "share your experiences working at Amazon." In fact, those workers have already been sharing their experiences for more than five years now.
July 29, 2013: "This was actually the bulk of our training - to have it pounded into everyone's skull not to steal."
August 6, 2013: "What truly is alarming is the amount of people that get injured on the job."
April 30, 2014: "Once I start my new job, I hope to never again step foot into an Amazon warehouse."
May 2, 2014: "If you claimed to be sick you needed to actually bring a doctor's note. That was particularly insulting."
July 25, 2014: "Amazon pays good wages for 'retail', but how many retail stores do you see having their employees carried off in ambulances on a fairly regular basis?"
October 27, 2014: "You are treated like a child, a dumb child at that."
December 30, 2014: "They are conditioning us through incessant repetition that our 15 minute breaks are really only about ten minutes."
August 25, 2015: "There is really a lot of things messed up with this place and the situations I encountered over the three year stint was a huge shit sandwich."
June 6, 2016: "I have never felt more disposable or meaningless than I do at Amazon."
This list of stories by Amazon warehouse workers does not even include the many, many complaints about working conditions from Amazon's white collar office workers, i.e.
In conclusion: Amazon's workers have been speaking out publicly about their problems for years. The company simply chose to try to ignore them until it became politically impossible to do so. Happy Labor Day!