Monday, February 18, 2019

02/18/2019. Presidents Day - no Public protest today

Happy Presidents' Day!
No protest today. I know Amazon disrespect this holiday and Amazonians work today. But I will not.
Next day of protest

Sunday, February 17, 2019

02/17/2019. I am not attacking, I am defending. Demanding to change Amazon policies

Another weekend. Sunday gives time to take a shower and prepare for upcoming strike.
Looking forward to act tomorrow.

People tell me: "Why do you need this attack? What are you starting this war for?"
Well, I do not advise anyone to misrepresent the intentions.
I don't attack. I didn't start the war. I am defending myself. I was attacked. The war has been started against me.
I lost the most valuable things - honor, civil rights, dignity.
I will not give up until I get everything back.
Ok let's go.
It is enough. Enough pain, enough fascism and genocide. If we will not stop them, they will go further. I would like Amazon to change inhuman policies.
To stop oppression, discrimination, mockery and humiliation the company should:
  • Remove leadership principle "Insist on highest standards". Leaders have relentlessly high standards, so high that many people may think these standards are unreasonably high if they harm health, lives of employees and their relatives. Leaders are continually raising the bar and driving their teams to deliver high quality products, services and processes, so parents can't see children, relatives are dying not saying good bye last time. Leaders ensure that defects do not get sent down the line and that problems are fixed so they stay fixed because it is more important than simple humanity. This leadership principle is official approval for oppression of employees families as much as managers can.
  • Remove leadership principle "Are Right, A Lot". Leaders are right a lot. They have strong judgment and good instincts. In fact this sounds like "Managers are right a lot". If I disagree with my manager and complain, I am retaliated. Manager is always "right a lot". Respectfully I know a lot of nice and smart engineers and managers in Amazon. But respectfully average Amazon manager is much less qualified then analogue from say Google. Amazon manager usually is qualified neither with technical nor with managing skills. Thus, we finally have: Stupid are right a lot. Then it is not a surprise that stupid are right in oppression, are right in discrimination, are right in their stupidity.
  • Remove leadership principle "Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit". Leaders are obligated to respectfully challenge decisions when they disagree, even when doing so is uncomfortable or exhausting. Leaders have conviction and are tenacious. They do not compromise for the sake of social cohesion. The reason for removal here is the same as for principle "Are Right, A Lot". It is lie to say that both manager and employee have the same equal rights applying this principle.
  • Implement HR policy against discrimination based on the association with disabled person. Employees having disabled children and relatives should not be discriminated. This is a federal law: Americans with Disabilities Act 42 U.S. Code § 12112 (b)(4). Many horrible examples are described in well-cited NYT article. For example Amazon employee was disciplined because her father was was dying. Amazon promised multiple times to change its policies but they lied. HR policy still allows to all the managers such type of discrimination. It is not toxic people, it is toxic culture.
  • Stop prohibiting free speech at the "pivot appeal" procedure. This is a fake "court" created by the company to show visibility of justice against terminated and poor-performing employees. Famous Bloomberg article calls it "Kangaroo court". The most interesting thing is HR prohibits to employees tell about discrimination, mockery, hostility and retaliation of their manager during this appeal. So, this "court" judges can't see the real reasons of the conflicts between the manager and subordinate.
  • Implement HR policy against retaliation for taking leave to take care for sick children/dependents. Retaliation is illegal under both federal and state laws. But it is allowed by Amazon policy.
  • Change policies about HR investigations of complaints made by employees. As at now, Amazon employee almost has no chance if he complains about his manager. HR makes a visibility of investigation to tell later in the court: "we did what we can". HR protects company from employees, HR does not protect employees. Investigation mostly results in nothing. Then, often immediately after investigation employee meets retaliation by manager and termination. Investigation is performed solely by HR specialist. In the beginning of the investigation, this HR says something like "I am independent, I am a part of the separate Employee Relationship department". In fact this Human Bullshiting department is part of HR and subordinates to HR head. There is no independence. To be fair, investigation should be performed in a way of "pivot appeal" without restriction of free speech: employee should have a chance to speak about discrimination and hostility of the manager, present evidence and get justice from independent randomly chosen colleagues.
  • Inform employees of all levels and all badge colors whether working for Amazon or for vendors about changed policies. Make it necessary for blue badge managers to pass the training about new policies.
  • Implement HR policy against punishing employees for filing feedback about supervisor in Amazon Connect or any other system. Implement HR policy making Amazon Connect reports about the manager not visible to the next 3 management levels up of this manager.
  • Abandon shameful program for manipulating public opinion in social networks. It is disrespectful to any information consumer who thinks he has a right to know the true. It is a fundamental First Amendment right. If Amazonian sends referral for Amazon job to his friend, Amazon asks him for a post on social network: they think only happy employees can send referrals, they don't ask unhappy employees for social networks posts. Amazon reputation is the direct result of its oppression policies. To change reputation, they should change the policies. They can't change reputation paying for posts in social networks.
Next day of protest

Saturday, February 16, 2019

02/16/2019. Horror in fulfillment centers

Today is Saturday, happy day. Happy me, happy Amazon: not a working day, not a protesting day.
Just one note about motivation. One smart guy told long time ago: "There is a major reason to protest. You are doing this not for others. You are doing that not because you will be accountable to others. You are doing that because if you don't, you will be accountable to yourself".

I met and spoke with a lot of people during these days. They approached me and told to me their stories at Amazon. They told my problem is not a problem at all. In comparison with for example  what is happening in the fulfillment centers. It is proud for me to stay there with the banner. I admit my life is worthy if I could change just 1% of this horror by staying here. I will stay here weeks, months and years if needed. This is the most proud job for me.

How many children are left without parents? How many dying parents are not allowed to see children working for Amazon? How many injured workers are kicked out without honor?
Jeff Bezos is the richest guy in the world. His children do not suffer. They are not disabled. Jeff Bezos is not prohibited to see his parents. I am proud to speak out about this.
Representative-elect Ilhan Omar speaks during a rally at the Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Photo and another story by Guardian
Next day of protest

Friday, February 15, 2019

02/15/2019. Protest at Whole Foods

I am late today. It is noon now and I am half an hour away yet.
But today it will be incredible day. I am going to Whole foods store at Denny way. If Spheres s a heart of Amazon, Whole foods is its stomach. This store is always full of people and engineers. God bless me.
I found one thing. I feel myself more mature than I was 2 weeks ago. I grow much on side of spiritually. This is a great experience - to fight my fear. I am glad I am doing that not only for Amazon and Bezos but for myself also.
One bad thing - first guy approached me and I wanted to give him a leaflet. But all the papers became wet due to rain yesterday. Today I don't distribute my story...
PS: Spheres is not the heart of Amazon. It is balls of Amazon.
The sweetest of today: Chinese guys approached me and gave me bunch of bananas. Now I know how to survive in case I would be out of money.
Next day of protest

Thursday, February 14, 2019

02/14/2019. Protest at Van Horst under the rain

Happy Saint Valentine's day!
1 pm, lunch time and I am here again, near of Van Horst Amazon building. One current Amazon engineer approached me and supported. Good start.

Under the rain applied super duper innovation: foldable chair + umbrella:

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

02/13/2019. Protest at Gatsby

9:30 am. I am in between of Van Horst and Gatsby Amazon buildings.

To be honest, in the morning I was feeling myself really weak and tired. But then I searched on YouTube keywords "Amazon employees". YouTube returns 99% of videos are about oppression, abuse and hostility. I watched few of them and there is no weakness anymore. There are really a lot of people suffering much more than me.