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Prime Day kicks off — complete with employee walkouts

The first day of Amazon’s Prime Day kicked off on July 15 with deals galore — and striking Amazon employees.

Amazon workers in Minnesota and Germany walked out to protest against working conditions and wages, reported CNBC. Some workers at the online giant’s fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota started walking out at 3 p.m. ET Monday and planned to strike for a six-hour period that overlaps with the morning and evening shifts. Some Seattle tech employees will also be attending the strike in solidarity, the report said.

“These groups are conjuring misinformation to work in their favor, when in fact we already offer the things they purport to be their cause — industry leading pay of $15 per hour, benefits, and a safe workplace for our employees,” Amazon said in a statement, according to the report. “If these groups — unions and the politicians they rally to their cause — really want to help the American worker, we encourage them to focus their energy on passing legislation for an increase in the federal minimum wage, because $7.25 is too low.”

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