Amazon hit back at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) call for employees of the retail giant to submit stories of poor working conditions, charging in a company blog post that the senator “continues to make inaccurate and misleading accusations against Amazon.”
In May, Sanders posted a video online highlighting the company’s wealth in juxtaposition to workers’ salaries, including news clips that detailed CEO Jeff Bezos hauling in within the span of 10 seconds what the average Amazon employee makes in a year as well as the company spending $13 million on lobbying last year.
“Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ wealth increases by $275 million every single day,” Sanders wrote along with the video. “Meanwhile, Amazon workers have to rely on food stamps and public assistance just to survive.”
Last week, Sanders sent out an email to supporters asking them to sign a petition that declares in part, “I don’t believe that ordinary Americans should be subsidizing the wealthiest person in the world because you pay your employees inadequate wages.”
By Friday, Sanders said he had collected more than 100,000 signatures and would introduce legislation in September “to demand that Mr. Bezos and other billionaires get off welfare and start paying their workers a living wage.”
That bill would require companies to pay, in the form of a 100 percent tax, for any public assistance programs used by their lower-wage workers.