Amazon responds to the statement by MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) that Amazon pays the workers "starvation wages". AOC's comments were posted earlier this week on ABC News & # 39; This Week when she was asked about Amazon and the company's CEO, Jeff Bezos, and what she wants to see in a "truly progressive" agenda.
"I spend more time thinking about Amazon warehouse workers than about Jeff Bezos, I think about the result I want to see for these people." Jeff Bezos is less worrying to me than if an average Amazonian Workers are living a living wage if they have guaranteed health care and are able to send their children to college free of charge, "explained Ocasio-Cortez. "And if that's the case and Jeff Bezos is still a billionaire, then that's one thing, but if he's a billionaire, he has to pay people starvation wages and give them the opportunity to get access to health care, and also, if he is able to be a billionaire, he assumes his workers take food stamps, and I pay him as a billionaire ̵
" Do you think he's a billionaire because he pays pitties? " Anchor asked.
"I think it's certainly part of the equation if you have a very large workforce and you underpay every single person," AOC replied. "And that you also participate in receiving billions of dollars in government subsidies could, in my opinion, be a part of it."
She tried to influence it positively.
"But if he wants to give up all of his government subsidies, willing to raise fair taxes, if we are willing to pay people a living wage, send people without tuition to college, guarantee all health care, and he's still a billionaire, well, that's a fight we can have another day, "she said. @AOC is simply wrong: Amazon is a leader in paying at a minimum wage from 15 USD + full benefits from the first day, we are also working to raise the federal minimum wage https://t.co/crWp5fPEzS[19459005)-AmazonNews(@amazonnews) June 17, 2019
President Barack Obama's former press officer, Jay Carney, now serves as Amazon's senior vice president, in a tweet he answered directly to AOC and dismissed the claim:
More than 42% of all working Americans earn less than the $ 15 / hour that Amazon pays for fulfillment center employees in the entry-level class. And all our employees receive first-class services. I urge @AOC to focus on raising the federal minimum wage rather than worrying about Amazon. https://t.co/ClhFfOrywd[19459005lightboxes-JayCarney(@JayCarney) June 17, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez struggled to keep Amazon out of their district. Amazon decided not to build a warehouse, resulting in thousands of New Yorkers losing potential jobs. AOC was pleased with the "winning the fight" but faced significant setbacks for job losses.