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According to the New York Times, Amazon surpasses all largest private employers in adding the number of workers in a single year. Despite this, the costs to workers is not covered by the online giant.


  1. Why does the article claim that health benefits and a 401(k) is not enough to compensate employees?
  2. Why was COVID-19 the breaking point toward workers’ rights to unionize?
  3. How many federal investigations have been initiated against Amazon since 2012, including workplace violations?
  4. Do you agree or disagree that Amazon has created a net benefit for Eastvale and its neighboring cities? List and discuss costs and benefits mentioned in the article in order to make your decision. 
  5. Do you think the Alabama movement toward unionization will succeed? Why or why not?
  6. What was the “Make Amazon Pay” coalition?
  7. What was the most interesting thing you learned from this article?


Hayasaki, E. (2021). Amazon’s Great Labor Awakening. The New York Times, Feb. 18 (Retrievable online at