The Toronto Star has a story today in which a reporter went undercover as an Amazon delivery driver. You won't be surprised that, like a lot of other similar stories, it casts Amazon in a bad light.
For my part, I'm far less interested in the details of the job than I am interested in the notion that a person can become an Amazon delivery driver so easily that it's in any way practical for a reporter to do it as an undercover operation. Because that is not at all a normal thing in that industry.
Way, way back in my early college days I worked for UPS. I worked there a grand total of two hours because it was simply not the job for me. Between those two hours and a day's worth of orientation I was there long enough, however, to learn a few things about it:
Which is to say: becoming a UPS driver was not only a long process which required trust in you on the part of the company and a demonstration of your responsibility, but it was a very desirable goal toward which people who stayed with the company worked.
My experience was nearly 30 years ago, but I spoke with someone this morning who is more familiar. He tells me that getting in at UPS is still a good job with good pay and good benefits. This comes in contrast to gig economy jobs like driving for Amazon, where you are not trained, not invested, and where, in most cases, the drivers have low pay, no benefits and, in fact, the cars are insured by the drivers themselves, not the company.
I'm not out here waving the banner for UPS necessarily. I'm sure there are things they do with which I would not agree and I'm sure employees have their complaints. Every company could be described that way. But it's sure as hell got to be better than what happens at Amazon.