Amazon workers strike West Coast air cargo facility and more business news

FILE - The Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif., Sept. 6, 2012. More than 700 Amazon warehouse workers in England staged a protest Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in a dispute over pay. It's the latest sign of workplace friction stoked by Britain's cost of living crisis and the growing discontent among Amazon's warehouse workers over wage and working conditions. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Amazon workers strike West Coast air facility

Warehouse workers at Amazon's largest air freight facility on the West Coast walked off the job Monday, demanding higher pay and relief from hot conditions they say are unsafe.

Organizers with a group called Inland Empire Amazon Workers United said in a Facebook post that 160 employees walked out at the San Bernardino International Airport facility, which is a critical part of Amazon's logistics network and one of the company's three U.S. "air hubs."

In a statement, Amazon officials disputed the number, saying 74 out of roughly 1,500 employees at the facility walked out.

About 900 employees at the San Bernardino airport have signed a petition calling for base pay to be increased from $17 per hour to $22 per hour, Inland Empire Amazon Workers United said in a statement.