By Lauren Kaori Gurley
Workers at three Amazon warehouses in the New York City and Washington, D.C., metro areas walked off the night shift Wednesday in a coordinated effort to demand $3-an-hour raises and the reinstatement of 20-minute rest breaks.
At a warehouse known as ZYO1, in Long Island City, Queens, five workers, the majority of the night shift, walked out of the warehouse at 4:30 a.m., after shutting off the conveyor belt.
Outside the warehouse, striking Amazon warehouse workers were joined by 26 workers from DBK1, a neighboring warehouse, in Woodside, Queens, who walked off the job earlier in the night at 2:45 a.m. They chanted “Better pay, longer breaks!” and “Amazonians United will never be defeated.”