On April 19, Local 853 members who work at UPS joined union members across the state in Sacramento to call on elected leaders to support AB 701, introduced by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego). This bill develops a warehousing policy aimed at decreasing worker injury and making transparent the debilitating quotas set by giant corporations, such as Amazon and Walmart.
The group built an interactive demonstration at the steps of California’s State Capitol building, where they challenged Assemblymembers to step into the shoes of an Amazon warehouse worker and try to meet their average quota for just three minutes. While many legislators were game to try, after much hustling and running around, not one of them successfully met the quota.
The bill is still wending its way through the legislative process.