Police called on congresswomen during Amazon facility visit

    U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (left) and Debbie Dingell (right)

    U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) said the Amazon facility in Romulus called the police on her and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) on Friday during a visit to monitor working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    The Amazon facility had a number of COVID-19 cases linked back to it. Earlier this spring, workers threatened to strike if working conditions weren’t made safer. 

    The facility invited Dingell to visit back in May after she voiced concern about the facility’s management of safety protocols. 

    Tlaib took to Twitter saying that she and Dingell waited an hour and a half at the facility on Friday to “check on worker safety at the request of workers and the company itself. They let us in, but not before calling the police on us.”

    Tlaib followed the tweet by saying Amazon told the two congresswomen it was a “misunderstanding,” but Tlaib said they remain “deeply concerned about worker safety in Amazon facilities.”

    Dingell and Tlaib also hinted at an update soon from their visit, but it has not yet been released. 

    Neither Dingell’s nor Tlaib’s office were available for comment on Friday’s visit or what they found after touring the facility. 

    Amazon did not respond to a request for comment. 

    Allison Donahue
    Allison R. Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.