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 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.

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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.



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