The Seattle City Council isn’t happy with how some Amazon.com security workers are being treated.
All nine councilmembers penned a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos this week, asking that he address concerns shared by the Seattle Human Rights Commission over the treatment of workers hired by Security Industry Specialists (SIS), an Amazon subcontractor.
The commission sent a letter to Bezos on June 4 asking him look into the matter, but has not received a response. More than one month later, the City Council wrote its own note to the Amazon boss.
“Many of us have had the opportunity to meet with security officers who help protect your campus, and we are deeply concerned about the appearance of retaliation against workers trying to form a union,” the letter reads.
The City Council also noted Amazon’s Supplier Code of Standards and Responsibilities.
“As part of your response to the Seattle Human Rights Commission, we ask that you evaluate how Amazon is upholding the principles of your Code as applied to SIS and the subcontracted security officers who protect your Seattle campus.”
This is not the first time Amazon has had issues with its security officers. The company cut ties with a Germany security firm in February 2013 amid an uproar in the country over allegations that security guards mistreated the company’s foreign temporary workers.
Amazon, meanwhile, saw shares fall by 11 percent on Friday after it saw revenue increase 23 percent to $19 billion in the second quarter, but missed expectations with a quarterly loss of $126 million.