CEO’s of big U.S. companies don’t know how good they have it these days. On any given day most Fortune 500 leaders have a long list of employees eager to tell them how to run the business.
The latest company where empowered, activist workers are demanding their demands are heard is Amazon, where 500 workers have singed an internal letter asking Jeff Bezos and new CEO Andy Jassy to support Palestinians.
The 500 workers are very specific about what they expect the company to do. At the top of the list is severing contracts with government and corporate entities associated with human-rights violations, including Israel’s Defense Forces.
On Monday of this week, Amazon Web Services signed a deal with the Israeli government and will be prodding their cloud services for the military and public sector.
Here is an excerpt from the letter the employees sent the top boss.
“As Amazonians, we believe it is our moral responsibility to stand in solidarity with and speak out on behalf of the millions of Palestinians who, for decades, have not only been dispossessed of their voices and victimhood, but, in essence, their humanity.
“Amazon employs Palestinians in Tel Aviv and Haifa offices and around the world. Ignoring the suffering faced by Palestinians and their families at home erases our Palestinian coworkers.”
A group of Google employees are doing something similar in Silicon Valley. 250 employees have signed a petition demanding the company end contracts with Israel.