Amazon is urging the fleets of contract supply drivers that get packages to its clients to promote themselves as 4/20-friendly employers, according to Bloomberg.
Opinion polls have proven majority assist for marijuana legalization for years, and that assist is now overwhelming, with one survey this yr displaying over 90% assist for legalization in a single type or one other. Amazon first introduced it could cease screening most job candidates for marijuana use, save for Division of Transportation-regulated jobs like heavy equipment operators and truck drivers, in June 2021 because it expanded hiring footprint in weed-legal states together with New York and Virginia. Bloomberg reported that correspondence between Amazon and the third-party entities that function its blue supply vans, in addition to interviews with 4 house owners, present additionally it is advising them to explicitly promote that it does not display screen for marijuana use in job listings. In a single message, Amazon claimed that may improve the variety of candidates by 400% whereas screening for marijuana cuts the applicant pool by 30%.
One of many supply companions advised Bloomberg they’d stopped screening for marijuana on account of excessive charges of testing failure and now give attention to methamphetamine and opioids. Nevertheless, one other supply accomplice advised the community insurance coverage and legal responsibility considerations have been a purpose to proceed drug testing regardless, including, “If one in every of my drivers crashes and kills somebody and exams constructive for marijuana, that’s my downside, not Amazon’s.”
Low-wage employees have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and jobs in that class are down by double-digit percentages relative to the beginning of the pandemic. Employers have reported issue filling roles in latest months, typically blaming expanded federal and state unemployment advantages (which has been debunked by countless studies, and the advantages are set to expire imminently anyhow).
As CNBC reported, one trigger is probably going that the hiring surge after most states loosened pandemic restrictions has resulted in a extra aggressive job market the place employees are much less inclined to take the primary terrible job that comes alongside. That’s coupled with the comprehensible reluctance to return to roles with a excessive danger of contracting the virus or that may’t pay for issues like childcare. The obvious answer is paying employees extra; whereas CNBC famous many employers have felt their palms compelled by lingering openings, U.S. companies are broadly determined to keep away from elevating wages.
Working at Amazon as a supply driver is a notoriously bad job rife with labor abuses and fixed surveillance, and as Bloomberg noticed, the corporate is infamously gradual to comply with greater supply charges which may allow contract fleets to lift wages. Whereas not testing for marijuana use is definitely welcome within the sense that it conflicts much less with primary human decency, it looks like a handy short-term workaround for not simply making the roles much less of a hellhole.
An organization spokesperson advised Bloomberg that marijuana testing disproportionately impacts minority communities. They added, “If a supply affiliate is impaired at work and exams constructive post-accident or on account of cheap suspicion, that individual would no longer be permitted to carry out providers for Amazon.”