Amazon HR and Amazon Security told me many times: "Oleg, you are software engineer. Your job is not to protest. Your job is to develop the software". I explained to security, I am too sick to write a code again.
However, I heard their voices. I decided to follow their order and to switch activity for a while. I was inspired by the idea of England labor union. Another engineer helped me to implement this idea in Unity.
In February of 2019, I published short text version of my story for the first time. Since then, a lot of things happened. I did hunger strike, public protests, there was a lot of fun.
But only now I publish full version of my story with video and audio - thanks to Adam Paradox podcast
We are weak because we are lonely. But there are too many of us. That means, we are strong as soon as we are together. That's why Amazon is afraid of unions. That's why people intend to unionize. But the labor union is not the only way to get together against Amazon.
There is a legal way of fighting against illegal Amazon labor practices. And this legal way allows people to get together and stay and be strong together. This is called class action lawsuit.
Daily Mail news knew how to fight Amazon. Yes, I still associate Amazon with the behemoth.
Amazon commits not single random violations only. Amazon created a system of oppression. Oppression in Amazon is not the result of "bad managers" like in other companies. Amazon officially supports oppression because it is listed the Amazon policies. Thus, it affects not random employees only. Since it is a part of company manual, it applies to everybody.
Hence, number of people suffered as a result of law violations is much higher in Amazon. This number is much more higher than the number of lawsuits filed. Most people feel themselves alone. They cannot afford attorneys. They even don't know what is the name of the law prohibiting oppression, persecution and discrimination.
The solution is to get together. If there would be hundreds or thousands of victims of the same violation, they all will be represented by the same attorney. And every victim doesn't need to spend any resources for litigation.
Here are examples of Amazon violations applied to numerous employees:
Prohibition of free speech at the "pivot" program. Free speech restriction itself is not a crime at work. But usually it is associated with multiple violations of other laws. For example in my case I was prohibited to speak about discrimination and retaliation. That means, it does not violate First Amendment (free speech right), but it does violate discrimination laws.
Prohibition to unionize. Amazon retaliates against most employees attempting to unionize. Right to unionize is granted by state and federal laws.
Amazon does not prohibit discrimination based on association with disabled relative. There is no centralized Amazon policy about that, hence none of employees are protected.
There could be numerous examples of "class actions". If you believe you suffered as a result of legal wrong and this violation applies to others also, please send your brief to my Facebook.
I don't know when will it happen. Number of 5, 10 and even 20 is to small for class action. But as soon as we collect hundreds victims, we will start fight in a courtroom.
Of course, nobody can guarantee the result. But we lose nothing. Class action lawsuit does not require to spend any significant resources (money and time) by everyone. Instead, in case of victory you can get relief from unfair practice: reinstatement to your job, compensation of salaries lost illegally etc.
I am not a lawyer and I cannot give legal advise here. But this post is not about legal advice. This post is about how to easily get a lawyer almost without spending sources and with a great probability to win.
I have the super power: to fly between both coasts of US back and forth. I am in NY and ready to protest here. Looking forward for photos and Amazon NY security later today.
As it is expected, the more I protest the more people security bring every next time. And of course police.
How to shortly describe protest today in 2 phrases of dialog between me and security of Amazon building?
Me: How are you doing today?
Security: Oleg, I was doing great until you came!
My favorite security who seems to be the boss:
He always makes photos of me and videotapes me. Maybe he is writing in his own blog?
Everybody knows Jeff Bezos is greedy and Amazon is greedy. But it is to much to illegally take ownership over the public property (public sidewalk):
Overall, security serving for Amazon building are very talented guys. Every time they think up new fabled reason why I should stop the protest.
My banner and my from behind. Thanks to the friend who helped me with photos and videos:
Security tried to grab and remove the banner:
Security is trying to hide the banner from the pedestrians by staying in front of me.
Security grabs the banner and insists to take it out:
And as it usually happens in NY, police finally came.
The year of 2119. Middle school. The history lesson.
(That was the best picture I found by googling "school of the future")
Most kids are sleeping bored at their study desks. But Martin, Kate and Donald are still awake and actively answering the teacher's questions.
Teacher: Children could you please tell me when did the era of slavery end?
Martin: It was the year of 1865.
Teacher: Why Martin?
Martin: Because at that time Civil War ended. New Constitution prohibited slavery.
Teacher: I got that. The slavery became illegal in 1865. But in fact was the slavery ended at all?
Donald: Nope. Despite on the prohibition in US, next generations around the world still met slavery.
Teacher: For example Donald?
Donald: During the Second World War, Adolf Hitler enslaved Jews, killed them and forced them to work.
Teacher: Thank you Donald. Then what is the real date of the end of slavery?
Donald: 1945, the end of the World War.
Teacher: Are you sure? There was no slavery at all after 1945?
Kate: There still was slavery. Until 2021.
Teacher: What happened in 2021 Kate?
Kate: In 2021 US Congress set up the law restricting slavery and inhumane working conditions at the Amazon Corporation.
Teacher: Correct Kate. Then we can be sure that after 2021 and till now we enjoyed the era of free society. Unfortunately, your grand-grand parents did not. So why Amazon was considered as the last stage of human slavery?
Kate: Amazon created working conditions even worse than slavery.
Teacher: Good. Does everybody agree?
Donald: Nope. I don't agree. Amazon was not worse the Hitler.
Kate: Why do you think so Donald?
Donald: Adolf Hitler committed genocide and killed millions. The number of people died while working for Amazon is much less.
Kate: That is correct. But there are worse things done by Jeff Bezos. And even Hitler didn't do that.
Donald: For example?
Kate: Amazon run experiment to find out how long can employee work until he "breaks down". That means until he quits because his physical or mental health is significantly damaged or until he dies. Hitler killed people because of race, not because of "game of experiment".
Martin: I agree with Kate. Even before the Civil War enslaved black people were not subjects to such experiments. Slave owner of the 19th century was interested to feed his slave and even treat him to improve his health. The better slave's health, the better he works.
Donald: Agree. But Amazon acted 70 years after Hitler. There was another society with more democratic laws for people. For example, if Amazon violated the law, employee could go to the Court and sue the company. While at the time of Hitler there was no democracy and no fair justice in Germany.
Kate: That is correct. But many times people got more democracy in Germany with Hitler rather than in US with Bezos.
Donald: Are you kitting? Explain please.
Martin: I can't understand. Fascist Germany had neither fair justice nor democratic elections. Here I disagree, Kate.
Kate: For example, when German women protested to free their Jews husbands, Hitler agreed and released everybody. But in US, Amazon committed hate crime against protester. Then Amazon started to hiding the evidence to avoid prosecution.
Donald: Ok. But apart from mass murders, Hitler did even more terrible things. He took gold teeth of his victims and melted them down into gold to sell. This is known as "bloody money". While Amazon made its profit on customers sales, not on the deaths.
Kate: I don't agree. To many Amazon employees died at work. More over, their family members died. If they would not work at Amazon, they would stay alive. As a result of inhuman working conditions, they sacrificed their lives to make more money for Amazon. Then we can say money made for Amazon are "bloody" money also.
Teacher: Ok children. It is time for you to go to the next lesson. Both Donald's and Kate's points have merits. Both of you are right. Because it does not matter who was worse: Jeff Bezos or Adolf Hitler. What really matters is: the human society should never make again such terrible mistakes. We should prevent any attempts to commit such crimes against the society in the future. You ancestors died to make the world free of Hitler and Bezos. And we should prevent this to happen again. See you in one week.
Good news: After attempts to unionize employees, Amazon locked my laptop with the evidence of Amazon crimes.
I am sorry that was bad news.
Really good news: I did backup. Most of the evidence can be restored. Though not 100%. And I bought new laptop at Best Buy.
Beginning of the story about child is here.
As usual, Amazon security is alarmed by my protests.
You can hear their walkie talkie at the video.
Finally Amazon found the way how to kick me out. Amazon declared, despite trees are in within the public sidewalk, Amazon owns the trees. This is logical statement paying attention to that Jeff Bezos wants ownership of employees lives and souls.
Security guys were nice and polite. I have nothing against them. As they confirmed, they are just commanded by higher management. And I have something against this "higher management". Because this higher management defines inhumane policies.
Now I am at the other side of the road. It is even better because the banner is seen from all the floors of the Amazon building.
After exhausting all the remedies, Amazon called police...