Sanders ratchets up Amazon attacks with ‘Stop BEZOS Act’

Sanders made the bill personal with the not so subtle dig by naming the bill acronym after Amazon boss Jeff Bezos

Sanders made the bill personal with the not so subtle dig by naming the bill acronym after Amazon boss Jeff Bezos

Sanders' campaign says they have added provisions to the bill to help prevent those things from happening, such as making it unlawful for a large employer to ask an employee whether or not they qualify for federal benefits.

The Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act (or the "Stop BEZOS" Act) would impose a 100 percent tax on companies equal to the amount of money the companies' employees receive from federal welfare programs such as food stamps or Medicaid. Since the beginning of this year his wealth has increased by about 260 million dollars every single day.

Amazon has countered such criticism saying claims about poor working conditions and pay are misleading. "And yet that is not the case".

The Senate bill would require large employers such as Amazon and Walmart to pay the government for food stamps, public housing and other federal assistance received by their workers.

The bill follows similar legislation introduced in Congress last summer by Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif. The only publicly-traded USA company valued higher is Apple, with a market cap of $1.1 trillion. So, if an Amazon employee collects $2,000 worth of food assistance, the company, which just crossed $1 trillion in valuation, would be taxed at $2,000 to cover the cost. Taking into account cash, stock and incentive bonuses, the average USA hourly wage for a full-time associate in a fulfillment center is more than $15 an hour, before overtime or benefits, the company wrote in a statement last week. Earlier this year, Amazon said in a government filing that its median salary is $28,446 - a figure, Amazon said, that include the compensation for part-time employees. He also mentioned that Amazon is doing "phenomenally well" and Bezos could send a "profound message" by paying all of its employees a living wage.

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It's less clear if that applies to temporary workers.

Amazon, aware of the Vermont senator's plans to launch such a bill, pre-empted the announcement in an August blog post.

"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. She and her three children also lived with her parents while she was working at Amazon because, as she told Sanders' office, "I could not afford to find a safe location for my family".

"There was a point where I would find myself crying on my shift", Seth King, who served eight years in the Navy, says in a July video about his experiences in a fulfillment center.

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