As the pay gap between Amazon’s (AMZN) core staff and its fulfillment center workers grows, one more group has added its voice to the mix — the pilots.
Pilots flying cargo for companies like Amazon Air — including operators like ABX Air, Atlas Air, and Southern Air who have ongoing delivery contracts with Amazon — and DHL are protesting today over what they call poor pay and working conditions.
The protest was scheduled for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on Thursday from 10 AM to 2 PM EST.
Low pay and sinking morale has made it a question of “whether or not they’re able to basically keep the airplanes moving,” Atlas Air pilot and Teamsters Local 1224 President Daniel C. Wells told Yahoo Finance. “And it’s only going to get worse as the weeks, months, years go on.”
Despite the e-commerce giant raking in billions in profits while paying $0 in taxes, workers in Amazon’s supply chain have been feeling the pressure to keep costs low. The pressure has resulted in sometimes rough working conditions. And on the cargo delivery side, there’s an exodus of pilots who are joining more attractive and better-paying positions with commercial airlines.
Wells said companies like DHL are also at fault, saying that these companies were “trying to take away pay and benefits” and laid out an “implied threat that if you don’t keep doing it this, they can take it away and give somebody else.”
Overall, he added, “Amazon is negative for the pilots.”