Amazon and Bernie Sanders, day 2: More jabs over incomes and working conditions

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Sen Bernie Sanders and Amazon can’t appear to comprise.

A row in between Vermont’s independent senator and the e-commerce giant overflowed into Thursday with the 2 sides poking each other over Twitter about Amazon’s incomes and working conditions. The battle began on Wednesday after both celebrations launched declarations about work at the e-tailer, with Sanders slamming Amazon and the business safeguarding its record.

“If Amazon is so proud of the way it treats its workers, why won’t it make public the number of people it hires through temporary staffing agencies like Integrity Staffing Solutions and the hourly rate and benefits those workers earn?” Sanders tweeted on Day 2 of the bout.

A day previously, Sanders launched a declaration stating the mean staff member pay at Amazon is $28,446 (a number Amazon revealed in an April filing, and has actually considering that defined is international and consists of part-time staff members). Sanders states the pay is 9 percent lower than the market average, which countless Amazon staff members count on “food stamps, Medicaid and public housing.”

“Many Amazon employees, who work for the wealthiest person on Earth, are paid wages so low they can’t make ends meet,” the declaration checked out.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a net worth of $159 billion, according to the Bloomberg BillionairesIndex In July, he ended up being the wealthiest individual in modern-day history

Sanders’ declaration followed he asked Amazon staff members to share their experience working for the e-commerce giant. Amazon’s storage facilities are on the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health’s list of a lot of unsafe locations to operate in the United States, he kept in mind. The company states 7 Amazon staff members have actually passed away at the business’s storage facilities considering that2013 Sanders stated he’ll ask the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to examine working conditions at the satisfaction centers.

Amazon rapidly reacted on Wednesday with its own declaration and a tweet stating Sanders had actually provided “misleading and inaccurate” accusations versus the business’s working conditions and incomes.

Amazon laced up its gloves once again on Thursday, tweeting, “.@SenSanders, the correct number for median US pay for full-time Amazon employees is $34,123. The average hourly wage in the US for full-time associates (over 90% of associates) in our fulfillment centers, including cash, stock, and incentive bonuses, is over $15/hour.”

The business continued: “Over 90% of associates in FCs are full-time. Like most companies, we hire temporary associates to help us manage the seasonality of the retail business. And every year, we hire large numbers of these temporary associates into full-time roles, and are happy when we get to do so.”

In its declaration, Amazon stated Sanders’ declares about staff members depending on breeze– it fixed Sanders’ usage of the expression “food stamps,” stating it’s obsoleted– are misinforming since they consist of individuals who worked for Amazon for a quick duration or were used part-time. The business stated it provides staff members advantages consisting of medical insurance, impairment insurance coverage, retirement cost savings strategies and business stock. It likewise stated it has a “climate controlled, safe workplace.”

Sanders has actually slammed Amazon in the past. In May, he published a video knocking the business for its treatment of storage facility employees.

The senator stated he’ll present legislation onSept 5 “to end the absurdity of middle class taxpayers having to subsidize large, profitable corporations, many of which are owned by billionaires.”

The expense would develop a 100 percent tax equivalent to the quantity of federal advantages gotten by low-wage employees at business such as Amazon, he stated.

First released Aug 29, 1: 52 p.m.
Update,Aug 30 at 1: 30 p.m.: Adds tweets fromSen Bernie Sanders and Amazon on Thursday.

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