Bernie Sanders had words for the Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Monday.
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Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., his speech at a Vermont rally to take parting shots in the Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in the discussion about the wage gap in the United States
Sanders was in Vermont and New Hampshire, a keynote speech at an AFL-CIO labor Day breakfast event, two rallies, after MyChamplainValley.com.
“We have a person whose wealth increases from $250 million every single day, while he pays thousands of its workers wages that are so low that they are forced on food stamps, Medicaid, public housing,” said Sanders, referring to Bezos.
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Sanders also its events to address, Vermont workers.
“The reality is that the average American worker still, a decrease in its and their wages,” he said. “The people continue to work longer hours for low wages. Here in Vermont, the people two or three jobs to put food on the table and pay the bills.”
The senator’s recordings on Amazon come days after he claimed that the company pays its employees enough, and expressed concerns about conditions in fulfillment centers.
“Bottom line: the taxpayers of this country should not have to subsidize the employees of a company owned by Mr. Bezos, who is worth $155 billion euros. This is absurd,” Sanders wrote in a post on Saturday.
Sanders also claimed Amazon had been “less than forthcoming with information about their employment practices.” He said the company, the average salary was about 9 percent less than the industry average and “well below” a living wage.
Amazon refutes Sanders’ claims that it pays employees a living wage values and, therefore, they must rely on government programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
“We have a person whose wealth increases from $250 million every single day, while he pays thousands of its workers wages that are so low that they are forced on food stamps, Medicaid, social housing.”
– Sen. Sanders to Jeff Bezos
“Senator Sanders continue to mislead disseminate information on wages and social benefits,” a company blog post read. “Amazon is proud of the fact that over 130 000 new jobs in the last year alone. In the United States, the average hourly wage for a full-time associate in our fulfillment centers, including cash, stock, and incentive bonuses, is about $15/hour before overtime. We encourage everyone to compare our pay and benefits to other retailers.”
Sanders is expected to reveal that would require a bill this week that large employers get to cover the cost of the help of the Federal government, by your employees through the introduction of a 100-percent tax on these benefits.
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