Statement by Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera on the Death of Amazon Worker

04/15/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2020

Contact: Christian Castro, Communications Director

(310) 857-9817 | christian@thelafed.org

 

(Los Angeles, CA) – In response to the disturbing news that Gerard Tuzara, an operations manager at a Southern California Amazon facility, died from coronavirus, the first confirmed such death among Amazon workers, Ron Herrera, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, issued the following statement:

“Gerard Tuzara died before his time, and we mourn with his family, friends, and co-workers. We stand with them in demanding this moment be a wake-up call. Amazon workers are getting infected with COVID-19 across this country because profits are being placed above people.
Amazon is worth 800 billion dollars yet it is failing to provide his workers with the necessary protective equipment and safety measures that ensure that they can work safely during this ongoing pandemic to protect their families and communities. Amazon needs to listen to essential workers on the frontlines, who are speaking with total clarity about what they need right now.”