Harold linked to a very scary article. I was shocked that the work conditions at an Amazon warehouse could be that nasty. Perhaps Amazon wants to make sure that global warming doesn’t take place by having a minimal air conditioning bill?
Now, could a boycott of an international firm succeed? I don’t think so. If RBC wants to have an impact, it could invest in Amazon stock and start to attend the shareholder meetings and stir up the pot. Neva Goodwin offers an example of setting things right at Exxon-Mobil by playing the “inside” shareholder card.
The article highlights the costs of recession and non-wage attributes of a job. When the economy starts to boom again, will Amazon turn on the air conditioning? Like health insurance, this is a non-taxable “job attribute” and firms should be happy to offer that.