Saturday, March 23, 2019

We need to organize against Amazon

Children of Amazon employees still die

Here is the story from N'diaye Ismaila from Morocco.
His audio interview is here.
Somebody can think he is to angry. Somebody can think there is no nexus between the death of child and Amazon policy.
However, there are patterns and statistics that no other company has. Even company called "Drittes Reich" didn't have such statistics.

I see the clear pattern here, that me and other employees experienced personally many times:
As a retaliation, Amazon prevents employee and his family from getting medical help.
I assume this is the strongest nexus between child death and Amazon action.

My wife and me worked at amazon in Rabat (Morocco) at the Amazon customer services support called (rba1) we went true a lot of workplace bullying for two years, with a lot of stress caused by the company strategies and non competent managers who put a lot pressure on employees for over targets with no coaching and no support. When my wife became pregnant, Amazon did not offer a single medical support and did not refund anything of what I paid in hospitals to protect my wife and the baby. Her manager continued causing excessive pressure and hostile work environment while he is aware of her pregnancy, the management staff and the nurse of the site were aware of it too. Then she had worst complications with the pregnancy and surgery was needed.

Amazon cancelled medical help for us then we were not able to continue treatments on time until I found money my self to take her to hospital and it was too late to save the baby!! After her surgery and the baby was dead we both got seriously sick and depressed added to all the stress and bullying at work.

Her doctor gave her 30 days rest and I was given 45 days due to depression, Amazon did not pay us salary for too months and no refund from amazon or the insurance company nor for the hospital costs neither for our vacations due to health matters. The HR administration did no assistance to get refund from the national security founds for which we contribute every month cut on our salary. Then we had to go back to work before recovering due to financial situations. During that time of stress and oppression we had, Amazon launched an offer which was to work at home, we applied for it and the management staff with both our managers refused” just to cause more stress and push us to resign.

And I raised the issue to HR management and Amazon Ethics they pushed me and my wife to the door!! Without treatment or refund we met bruising workplace and excessive stress and they organised with a corrupted bailiff who was sent on site on SUNDAY and they fired me with no compensation. The next day my wife had to resign too due to the situation and because she was going to be next. They let her go with no compensation too, we sold all our properties in our home so we can continue paying our loan at the bank every end of month with rent and bills during for months and FINALLY amazon ethics ethics sent me an email announcing that NO FURTHER ACTION WILL BE TAKING for our issue!!

We Managed to come to Istanbul (Turkey) in order to restart our lives but we are still sick depressed and got no financial even to get a proper food instead of seeing a physiologist to recover from our mental illness. Now we owe money to the bank and according to our any account balances amazon said that we owe them money !!

Next week see that picture at the banner of crazy guy at the Seattle downtown.
If you think my design skill sucks, I agree. But what sucks more: to work for Amazon.

You will tell I should not say that. It is to hard. It is above the limit. It is even harder then comparison of Jeff and Hitler.
Well, you are right. It is really hard.
But I say that. And I let others know. I will let it know to as many people as I can.
You know why?
Because there are 2 things even harder than that.

The first thing is to feel it. We pray it will never happen again with other Amazon employees. Because nobody should feel that anymore. After all the horrors of Amazon, I was thinking I saw everything. But I still cannot imagine myself taking shoes of this guy. I cannot imagine how to be parent of killed child. I cannot imagine his emotions and sufferings of his family. Because it is not possible to share this feeling until this happens with you. I believe own death is less tortures than feelings of this guy.

The second thing even harder. To hold it inside. Amazon prohibits us free speech. And this torture even harder. If something horrible happens to employee, he is forced to hold it inside. And continue suffering till the end of the life.

I will not let others to hold it inside. I help to speak out. I help to let it out. Otherwise, I would need to keep inside of myself part of this horror also.

Why protest? Why don't just be silent quiet and hence safe?
Don't get out. It's alright!
No it ain't alright.

Amazon continues to hide crime of its employees

Friday, March 22, 2019

I am public again!

Thanks a lot guys for publishing this. Thanks a lot to journalist who sustained listening more than 1 hour of my speech with terrible English accent.
Original text is available here.

And we have live broadcast from Amazon Headquarters:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

My favorite sport

For those who ask: what is you avatar photo about? I was never modest. Many years ago I was a national champion of winter swimming. And got 4th place at the World Championship. But now I know there is a sport better...

Today my favorite sport is public protest against Amazon.
I see only advantages here!
If you engage in this sport you will get:
- the most powerful training of will power
- leadership skills to speak on public
- cost of sport equipment is very low
- you don't need to have strong muscles and flexible body
- you don't need to spend years in gym before participating in the first tournament
- in addition to just entertaining the public, you bring real benefit to thousands of people
- competition of athletes is very low here
- you are always gold medal winner

Past weekends videos from Seattle. How Amazon supports crime of its employees

Publishing these only now while staying in NY

Hey Manhattan


That's nice. In NY Amazon security building guys are forced to join my protest.

NY is the only state where my favorite super hero supports me!

Monday, March 18, 2019

New day - new protest!

New protest - new banner!

I am sorry, I can't change the banner every day. It costs $100. Even with software engineer salary I can't afford that. Paying attention to that I am on long term leave now without income.
Who said protest is painful? Protest is kind of fun! What is really painful - to work for Amazon.

Why spending time on editing videos if we can just press pause-record multiple times on the phone?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Amazon treats people worse than slaves

Spartacus had better working conditions than Amazon employees.

I know, I know. I hear your voices. I hear, "Oleg you cannot be credible if you tell such absurd".
Earlier people blamed me for comparison of Jeff and Adolf [Hitler].
I am so sorry. Now I say: "Jeff forgive me. I placed you at the same line with Adolf".
I was wrong. I misrepresented the facts. The true was not like that.
Jeff was not at the same line with Adolf. Jeff is worse than Adolf.

Hitler committed genocide based on the racial discrimination. Jeff places people on the risk of death just because he is interested. He is interested what is the natural limit of human? How much weight can he lift? How many days he can work without sleeping? How many injuries can he get before dying? Even Adolf did not perform such inhuman experiment.

People tell to me: Jeff didn't kill children. Well, technically Hitler did not shoot any single child. He placed them in poisonous gas cameras. Jeff placed people in bruising workplaces. While employees suffered at work, their children suffered at home. Because employees were prevented to treat sick children. Jews died in gas cameras. Amazon employees committed suicides at their workplaces.

Some children of Amazon employees died. I know, you want to read it again. I know, you think somebody will sue me for defamation. I know, you work for Amazon and your child could be safe. But not for everybody. Just to be clear, I will confirm and emphasize this multiple times.
Children of Amazon employees died.
Children of Amazon employees died.
Children of Amazon employees died.

Hitler killed millions. Amazon employs half a million. But Jeff has plenty of time yet. Company has monopoly power, financial resources, media connections and affects politicians. It is hard to stop them. Amazon grows. Company has perfect perspectives to get at Adolf level in the future.

Let's get back to Spartacus. Slave owner was interested to feed his slaves and treat them. They costed money to him. They were useful because they did hard job. They could be sold for money. Slave owner was not interested in dead slaves. Yes, slave owner could punish his slaves for being lazy e g. But he considered them in the same way as good farmer considers his cows. Good farmer hopes to get milk from cow for a years, bad farmer kills his cows every day.

Amazon treats its employees worse than slaves. Just for experiment (curiosity, game), employees are forced to work until the "limit". And the limit is never reachable, according to official company mission. The only way to know the limit is the moment of death.
In the wild nature, predator does not kill victim for "game", for "experiment".

Amazon is the behemoth. This monster is worse than slave owner, worse than Hitler, worse than scary animal predators. We learn history and judging offenders of the past. But the real offender, the worst offender of the human history is right here, right there in front of our eyes. Hidden behind the wall of lying.

Amazon hires employees remotely in other countries, while US locals don't want to work there

Horrible working conditions at Amazon resulted in the following. Obviously, less and less people want to work there. Like in my previous posts, I make a distinction between white collars and blue collars. Among white collars, I highlight group of software engineers because
1) I am an engineer and I work for Amazon;
2) Engineers is more "unique" labor force and thus more sensitive to working conditions.

Blue collars are less sensitive to working conditions. They often have no choice. Amazon takes major part of labor market and holds power of monopoly. They cannot dictate their demands. Because Amazon says: "if you don't like it - quit; we have 10 other guys applying for this position". And this is true.

As I did often before, I discuss work perspectives for software engineers again. Software engineers started running away from Amazon few years ago. This was logical reaction to bruising workplace.

How did Amazon react? Amazon started hiring engineers remotely from other countries. This practice became successful. These guys are doing the same job but they are paid 10 times less. Hereby, "10" is real average number. They don't come to US, they don't need visas. All they need is laptop and Internet. Remote location does not affect software engineering as long as you have Internet and can speak English.

Teams from different countries started working on the same projects together. They have common managers, common access to network resources etc. In fact, people from different countries became one team. Sounds like a good story? International culture exchange? Power of diversity? Nope.

Imagine the following. You and your colleagues are working on the same project, doing the same job, have similar responsibilities. But your colleague is paid 10 times more for the same job. Do you like him? He could be nice guy, but your human nature earlier or later will start hate against him. That is hard to imagine. But I witnessed this hate. It is not fault of some person. It is fault of the system, of the company.

Moreover. Imagine you are the manager of the team. You can push guys from another countries as much as you want. They can be paid less and work more. Their countries have different culture, different laws. Small salary makes them happy. Discrimination can be absolutely legal and normal in these countries. But as a manager you assign similar work load to all the team members. That means, if foreign guys are working more, why US locals should take a rest? You applied for work in US. But while working in US you meet working conditions of e g Asia applied to you.

If you join Amazon in US, you join Amazon in other countries. Sitting in Seattle, you will compete with engineers sitting abroad. And you will be treated like them. Don't worry, your salary will not be consequently decreased. But your working conditions will be the same as for them in their countries.
Otherwise, Amazon has no benefit from hiring you in US.

Why should Amazon hire the engineer in US who knows his civil rights and who demands 10 times more salary? Instead of him, Amazon has an option to hire 10 engineers abroad and forget about any civil rights. Foreign engineers are employed by foreign companies affiliated with Amazon. Their employees are not subject to US labor legislation.

Conclusion? Don't apply work there

3 crimes stories of Amazon

Amazon farm

Friday, March 15, 2019

I am at Doppler

Protesting near of the Doppler today.
Ordered new banner. Re branding is coming next week.
Good news: it is warm in Seattle. Now I can protest longer without risk of becoming iceman.
Guys who passed by to share support helped me with photos. Thanks a lot to them.

Now I know another reason, why Amazon encourages dogs at work. Dogs do their business (go to restroom) right near of the sidewalk at the street. Right on the ground, sometimes right on the sidewalk. This makes it impossible to stay at the sidewalk for a long time - because of smelling. To do public protest, you need to stay at sidewalk for a long time.
Amazon encourages dogs at work to prevent public protests.

Not being modest, I admit the supporters often call me brave guy. But it is easy to be brave. It costs just $2. You can buy courage at any Starbucks or McDonald's:
- Large coffee $2
- 4 spoons of sugar $0
- Listen AC/DC on YouTube $0
If Peter did it - we also can do this.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

How to get relief from stress when working at Amazon

My good tradition: to have lunch after protest in the nearest Whole Foods. Hopefully, they don't kick me out of the store unless I protest in front of it.
I am more happy, I have less stress. Here is why:

Everybody has a legal right to tell "Back off" when Amazon supervisor bullies him. But not everybody remembers that.

Protest at Ruby again. Why single protest is most efficient type of protest

Amazon is lucky to have no headquarters in Florida. Seattle rain and cold prevents me from protesting more than 2 hours a day. And for this month more than 3 times a week.
In Florida, I would protest 24 hours a day having no weather obstacles.

At Amazon fulfillment center

I need to admit the external area is nice, quiet and pacifying. Amazon knows how to choose areas to mitigate abnormal stress of employees.

After hunger strike, I needed few days to recover. I was weak. I was feeling myself like shit. Didn't protest a lot. But hopefully health will improve and I could come back to this professional sport.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Jeff Bezos is a super hero!

While I am taking rest from protests: here is my chatter about who is the real superhero.
But before that let's see what my compatriot Colossus says:
Please disregard reaction of Deadpool this time.

The short answer is: superhero is inside of everybody. That means everybody can be superhero.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

03/06/2019. Protest near of Amazon Ruby building

Amazon security are nice guys. They make photos of me, document and report everything to their management. But they are almost always polite and friendly.

In fact they work for vendor (not Amazon itself). And many shared their own complaints about Amazon.

It is not a surprise, free speech is restricted again during the protest at Amazon. Building manager "Ashley" tried to kick me out because "there is electric poll near of my banner".

Then 911 was called to kick me out.

In 2 minutes 911 guys went away. I stayed and protested for 2 hours more.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

03/05/2019. I am back.

I am still weak. Yes I am. If you want to know that feeling - try to live without water and food 5 days.
But I can walk. I can think. I can look. And hopefully (though it is more difficult) I can grab my banner.
The conclusion is obvious. I am back. Today I will be near of the Amazon Spheres.
Hunger strike is over but I still have my old banner: "Insist on the high standards of protest".

Remaining days number in campaign: 365.

And we have live broadcast from the Amazon CEO office:
And another live broadcast from the Amazon Ambassador bots camp reacting to my return:

Btw, I found new sense of hunger strike.

Protested today for 2 hours. I am the local local landmark yet.

Again, I don't want to harm Amazon or Jeff. I believe my speech is a feedback that should help the company to become better. The company should not restrict or fight free speech.
After my protests, Amazon "mitigated" the conflict and transferred me to another team. However, I am afraid: as soon as I come back to work, I will meet HR hearing:

Monday, March 4, 2019

03/04/2019. I am still alive

Will go to doctors and do numerous tests today at the clinic.
Still feel myself weak.
Now I drink and eat. Coming back to normal course gradually: food is not heavy, mostly fruits.
And we have exclusive interview with Amazon HR Director:
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Sunday, March 3, 2019

03/03/2019. End of hunger strike

No weighing today.. Hunger strike is ended..
Another video about how Amazon cares about employees' health:

Today my mind is empty. Thus, I am posting video about nothing...
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Saturday, March 2, 2019

03/02/2019. Hunger strike. Day 5. My body starts shutdown

Hunger strike. No food. No water. Until Amazon changes inhuman policies.

10 am
Weighing. My weight today is 155.6 lbs. Lost around 3 lbs for the last day.
Today is weekend. There is no sense to protest at the Amazon office if nobody is there. But this does not mean I should stop the fasting.
Btw note: Why Amazon needs dogs in the office?
Another note: how Amazon restricts free speech. On the video I forgot to mention that Amazon attorneys sent motion to the Judge complaining about my protests :)
2 pm
I attended the doctor.

Of course there is weight loss (don't forget my diet is the most efficient one :)

Blood pressure is normal. Everything else is mostly ok. Doctor ordered to make a test of kidney just to make sure.

According to the science kidney is the most important thing that can be harmed during the fasting. The test results should be ready in 2 hours.
Now chances of Amazon to stop my protest by involuntary admitting me to the hospital are lower.

5 pm
Doctor called me to discuss test results. He says, my body starts shutdown.
He ordered to drink water immediately. On Monday I will take new tests.
Good bye "hunger strike without water".
I did it for 5 days. Not bad. Most people predicted I will die in 3 days. Record блядь.

5:30 pm
Live broadcast from the Amazon CEO office. Amazon guys celebrate relief from hunger strike protests.

The only good news is simple water now gives me more pleasure than orgasm ...

Amazon can count this as a small victory. Wait a minute.. We have another live broadcast from Amazon CEO office:

My hunger strike is officially over. Due to last medical exam the only to things can happen if I would not drink and eat:
- Body will end up with shutdown
- I will be involuntary admitted to the hospital as per Washington State Law
In the involuntary hospital, it could be something like that:

Friday, March 1, 2019

03/01/2019. Hunger strike. Day 4.

Hunger strike. No food. No water. Until Amazon changes inhuman policies.

5 am
Yesterday in the evening I was tired. And went to bed early. Slept 10 hours.
Today feeling myself almost ok. Not so energized, but not so bad. Yesterday in the morning it was better.
Still continue using restroom, in average once a day. Body extracts just a bit of liquid despite on that I don't consume anything.
Soon will post weighing.

7 am
Definitely I am tired again. Fall asleep and slept 3 hours till 10 am. Soon will do weighing and move to the city for protest.

10 am
My weight as of today is 159.2 lbs. For the last day I lost almost 2 lbs.

1 pm
I am near of the Van Vorst Amazon building. 

Amazon security guard again made photo of me. Asked about new leaflets. Amazon security guys make much more photos of me than other people on the street. Maybe security promote their own Instagram? 😎

Physical conditions:
I feel myself more weak. It was not easy to grab the banner with tripod and chair from 4th Ave to Van Vorst building. Maybe next time will take a bus. But moving makes my mood better. Maybe because of intense breathing and blood circulation.
Body generates more heat. Before the fasting I was feeling myself colder in the same weather conditions. 
I feel pleasure of breath. If I don't drink, body takes the water from the air.
I feel need to go to nature: park, forest, ocean etc. Nature affects body better during the fasting. In all the religions fasting is associated with "unity with nature and the world".

Amazon bots suggested me to turn off anonymous comments on the blog. Then I will not hear dirt from Amazon responses. Well, this is good idea. I turned off the anonymous comments. But bots are right: supporters also will not be able to post comments anonymously. Sorry guys. Amazon is posting so much dirt - I can't sustain with that.

2:30 pm
People approached me on the street. They support my fight against Amazon policies. But they absolutely discourage hunger strike. Everybody bring 2 reasons:
1) It is risky for life. Respectfully I don't agree because I made a lot of research about the fasting. It is not that simple. I will not die in 3 days. It is 4th day of fasting and I am still alive.
2) Amazon will not react. Because Amazon doesn't care about health of employees. I agree 100%. The only official response I got from Amazon is insulting in social networks like "you are asshole, low performer, we will deport you from the country etc".

Social worker called me from the clinic. Amazon complained to the clinic, that they "worried about my health during the hunger strike". Amazon worries only about harm to its business as a result of the protest. Thus, Amazon calls to clinics hoping that I will be involuntary admitted to the hospital as an "idiot" and protest would end. If Amazon would really worry about health of employees, Amazon would change policies harming health of thousands of employees and their families.

Yesterday HR Director approached me on the street. She said, that I need "mental counselling". This is the official position of Amazon: if you protest on public against Amazon inhumane policies, you need mental counselling. I responded, that she needs to change Amazon policies. She said, that "Amazon always prioritize the health of its employees". I was shocked. I suggested to her to discuss Amazon policies in front of the camera and publish this video on YouTube. Then she will have a chance to tell to public, how nice are the Amazon policies "prioritizing employees health". She did not respond yet.

As many of you know, I tried to start litigation against Amazon. After I started protests, Amazon decided to prevent my first amendment right using its attorneys. Attorneys asked Judge to dismiss my motions because "I am protesting". This becomes funny. Amazon wants to prevent the fundamental legal right of First Amendment by paying to legal professionals and praying to Judge.

Why Amazon waste so much efforts on preventing my protests? Better Amazon would just openly speak on public: "Back off, we don't want your protests". Everything is clear and simple.

4 pm
I am tired to seat at one place. For some reason body asks for moving. Will go to library and then to home.

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