Amazon employees at the retail giant’s fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota, walked out of work on Prime Day to protest working conditions.
Organizers led a six-hour strike on Monday, in the wake of similar protests in the UK, Germany, Spain, and Poland. The Amazon location in Shakopee was previously the site of worker complaints regarding racial and religious discrimination.
The Shakopee warehouse employs a large contingent of members of the local Somali community. The strike was organized by the Awood Center, which advocates for the rights of Somali and East African workers.
The Minnesota workers were joined by pilot Michael Russo, who has flown for Atlas Air for 15 years and serves as the strike chairman for the Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224.
“It takes a lot of bravery, courage, and moral fortitude to stand up to a really powerful corporation like Amazon,” Russo told Business Insider before the strike on Monday. “They may feel that they’re putting their jobs on the line, but I think that’s just a statement of how important it is to them and the strength of their convictions.”