Bernie Sanders Takes Aim at Amazon With 'Stop BEZOS' Act

09 September, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • Bernie Sanders Takes Aim at Amazon Wages, Working Conditions With Stop BEZOS Act

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on Wednesday introduced a Senate bill - the "Stop BEZOS Act" - that would require large employers such as Amazon.com and Walmart to pay the government for food stamps, public housing, Medicaid and other federal assistance received by their workers.

Bernie has criticized Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon for paying low wages to his employees. Anecdotes shared by current and former Amazon employees corroborate these findings.

"Senator Sanders continues to spread misleading statements about pay and benefits", Amazon wrote on its blog Day One. Providing the disparity prevalent between Bezos' accumulated wealth and the wages paid to his workers, the bill aims to underline the manner in which companies may be abusing social welfare programs.

Amazon quickly hit back against the attacks, refuting Sanders' claims about public assistance and encouraging its fulfillment center employees to tweet positive things (in exchange for gift cards) about their experiences working at the company. "Senator Sanders" references to SNAP, which hasn't been called "food stamps' for several years, are also misleading because they include people who only worked for Amazon for a short period of time and/or chose to work part-time - both of these groups would nearly certainly qualify for SNAP". The only publicly-traded company in the US valued higher is Apple, according to the Post.

The bill, also introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna, is meant to keep large employers from underpaying their workers. Called the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act, or Stop BEZOS Act, the tax would apply only to companies with 500 or more employees.

Post Malone Involved In Serious Car Accident
Flight trackers showed the plane circling over CT shortly after 1pm before making its way towards the NY airport just before 3pm. Post Malone was in the passenger seat and his assistant was driving, Beverly Hills police told Billboard .

Police Respond to Active Shooter Situation in Downtown Cincinnati
John Kasich (R) in a tweet said he has spoken with the city's mayor and will provide any resources needed to local police. Michael Richardson was outside on a smoke break when he said he heard gunshots coming from the bank lobby.

Elon Musk smokes weed on Joe Rogan podcast
Although he later announced that Tesla would remain a publicly traded company to appease shareholders, that tweet spurred the U.S. Tesla shares fell as much as 10 percent to $252.25 as of 9:46 a.m.in NY , the steepest intraday drop since June 2016.

The independent senator from Vermont recently asked Amazon workers to tell him about their work conditions.

Business Insider contacted Amazon for comment on the bill.

"If you're an employer with a job applicant who you fear is going to draw public benefits, whether you're right or wrong, you may try and avoid hiring that person", Bernstein said. "For example, if a worker at a large employer receives $300 in food stamps, the employer would be taxed $300". His complaint that Walmart and Amazon do not provide proper wages to their employees, which amounts to $15 per hour, is seen on Facebook. The company has said that it offers assistance like disability insurance, health insurance, and retirement savings plan to its employees.

Sanders' legislation has also raised concerns with at least one prominent left-leaning organization.

Recommended:



Popular

Cop Killed Someone After Mistakenly Returning Home to Wrong Apartment, Police Say
The officer, who was not injured, will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The man who lived there - identified as 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean - was home when the officer entered.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' fam-jam time at US Open
The couple was accompanied by Priyanka's mother Madhu Chopra, Nick's brother Joe Jonas and his fiancée Sophie Turner . Parineeti Chopra posted this adorable picture with a heartwarming note to her cousin and future Mrs Jonas.

Serena says still 'long way to go' at US Open
Pliskova broke back with Williams double faulting at 30-40 down. "I don't think there's any change with her game", Pliskova said. She missed a chance earlier this summer when she fell to Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon final.

Isco Reveals Why Madrid Don't Miss Ronaldo
Ronaldo enjoyed a remarkable and unprecedented career at the Bernabeu, scoring 450 goals in 438 matches, as well as winning the Champions League four times.

Ryder Cup 2018: Contenders for Jim Furyk's final captain's pick
Jim Furyk will pick the last of his wildcards after the BMW Championship, which gets underway in Pennsylvania today. Mickelson, meanwhile, has played a record 11 consecutive Ryder Cups, and has qualified automatically every time.

Nadal looks within to find way past Thiem
A tough match against a great opponent. "It's been a great battle, the conditions were tough, a lot of humidity". He's a top guy. "Well, I want to just be able to get past the semis here". "I think last three sets I improved".

Maurizio Sarri says he found out about his Napoli sacking on TV
The Italy global has impressed to begin his career in England, helping Maurizio Sarri's men win their opening four league games. We turned on the TV and we saw Ancelotti entering Filmauro (the headquarters of Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis).

Trump, escalating trade war, threatens tariffs on all goods from China
Some Chinese exporters say US orders have declined, but Chinese leaders express confidence the economic impact will be modest. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., August 31, 2018.

Rapper Mac Miller dies at 26
Miller was found Friday afternoon at his Studio City home and pronounced dead at the scene, according to Variety . Miller, whose real name is Malcolm James McCormick, was arrested in May for DUI and hit-and-run.

Trump says NYT op-ed is 'treason'
Rand Paul (R-Ky.), meanwhile, advised President Trump to start giving lie detector tests throughout the administration. However, the writer says no one wants to cause a constitutional crisis.