Amazon.com and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Arguing over working conditions in Amazon camps, after The Senator called for legislation that would oblige large employers to the government To refund food stamps, Medicaid, and other state assistance received from their employees.
Amazon released a rare blog post on Wednesday, refuting the Senator's allegations that thousands of Amazon employees rely on federal benefits to make ends meet. These figures are "inaccurate and misleading," according to the company, which includes both agency workers and part-time workers.
The Seattle-based technology giant has typically stayed above the political hype, especially by referring to the repeated Twitter attacks by President Trump on the online retailer and its founder, Jeffrey P. waives Bezos. (19659006) While Senator Sanders plays politics and makes misleading allegations, we spend real money trying to educate people, the company said. "We have been in regular contact with his office and have given Senator Sanders and his team several opportunities to visit one of our fulfillment centers (FCs) and have not yet seen FCs to this day."
A few hours later Sanders with his own press release.
The Senator said he had requested a warehouse in Wisconsin in July, but "unfortunately Amazon could not pick me up." Sanders added that he plans to visit a facility in Chester, Virginia, next month.
"Bottom line: the taxpayers of this country should be employed by a firm of Mr. Bezos worth $ 155 billion," he wrote. "That is absurd."
Sanders also asked Amazon to publicly disclose the number of people it uses through temporary employment agencies, as well as the hourly rates and benefits to these workers. Amazon itself says it created 130,000 new jobs last year, though it does not say how many full-time jobs it was.
The Seattle Times reported last week that Amazon had hired a group of warehouse workers to write positive tweets about their experiences. Employees referred to as "Amazon FC Ambassadors" on Twitter recently created Twitter accounts to defend the firm against harsh working conditions and unfair salaries.
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