NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is sorry he tweeted about peeing.
The company apologized in a blog post late Friday for a tweet it sent to a congressman more than a week ago and denied that its employees work so hard they urinate in empty water bottles. It also admitted that some delivery drivers may have had to urinate in bottles and promised to improve their working conditions.
The matter was first raised on March 24 by US Representative Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, who responded to a tweet from an Amazon manager that the company was a progressive place to work.
“If you pay workers $ 15 an hour, you will not become a ‘progressive workplace’ if you break down unionists and urinate workers in water bottles,” Pocan said in his tweet.
Amazon replied, “You don’t really believe that people pee in bottles, do you? If that were true, no one would work for us. “
In the blog post on Friday evening, Amazon apologized to Pocan and admitted that delivery drivers “can have problems finding toilets due to traffic or sometimes rural routes”. The online shopping giant said COVID-19 made the problem worse as many public toilets were closed.
“Sigh,” Pocan replied in a tweet on Saturday morning. “It’s not about me, it’s about your workers – who you don’t treat with enough respect or dignity.”
Amazon wrote in its blog post that bottle urination is an industry-wide problem. To prove this, links to news articles about drivers were shared with other delivery companies who had to do this.
“Regardless of the fact that this is industry wide, we want to solve it,” the company said. “We don’t know how yet, but we will look for solutions.”
Amazon’s treatment of workers has been a hot topic lately as it faces the largest union surge in its history at an Alabama warehouse. The organizers are pushing for more break time and better pay. Many complain about the groundbreaking 10-hour workday that only includes two 30-minute breaks.
Seattle-based Amazon didn’t respond to a request for comment.