Workers remove debris from an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Edwardsville, Illinois, on December 11, 2021, after it was hit by a tornado. Tim Vizer/AFP via Getty Images

Amazon employees are speaking out against the company’s controversial phone ban for workers on warehouse floors after at least six employees were killed at an Illinois Amazon warehouse Friday (December 10th) when a string of tornadoes tore through the Midwest. Amazon had relaxed the strict ban when the pandemic struck to allow workers to get in touch with family or health care providers if there was an emergency, but has now been slowly reinstating it across the country. Amazon employees complaining about the policy told Bloomberg the phone ban would prevent warehouse workers from being able to quickly call for help or get information about dangerous conditions such as approaching storms.