July 15th marks the first day of the online giant Amazon's annual 'Prime Day' event that is set to last 24 hours. While Prime members worldwide rejoice Amazon employees at the Shakopee, Minnesota fulfillment center plan to strike. Many of the employees taking part in the protest state that the working conditions that Amazon has provided are unfair when it comes to meeting the rigorous quota challenges ahead.
Amazon didn't take these statements from the Shakopee fulfillment lightly and in return released an emailed statement, "The fact is Amazon offers already what this outside organization is asking for. We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay – ranging from $16.25-$20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits including health care, up to 20 weeks parental leave, paid education, promotional opportunities, and more. We encourage anyone to compare our pay, benefits, and workplace to other retailers and major employers in the Shakopee community and across the country – and we invite anyone to see for themselves by taking a tour of the facility."