Bill Aims to Get Walmart, Amazon to Pay Employees More

Bill Aims to Get Walmart, Amazon to Pay Employees More

Anecdotes shared by current and former Amazon employees corroborate these findings.

The bill would create powerful incentives for employers to shy away from hiring low-income workers, who are more likely to qualify for Medicaid, food stamps or housing assistance, said a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Amazon defended its record and claimed the Sanders presented "misleading and inaccurate" allegations regarding the company's working conditions and wages.

"The Stop Bezos Act gives large employers a choice: pay workers a living wage or pay for the public assistance programs low wage workers are forced to rely upon", the text of the legislation reads. He wants such large employers to pay back for their employees, who get subsidies and assistance from the government such as food stamp and Medicaid. Sanders said at a press conference that "the taxpayers of this country would no longer be subsidizing the wealthiest people in this country who are paying their workers inadequate wages".

In addition, Amazon workers' median annual salary a year ago was $28,446, but this figure includes both full and part-time employees.

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders wants corporations like Amazon to pay for public assistance used by their employees. Amazon also noted that it offers health and disability insurance, as well as retirement savings plans, company stock, tuition payments and up to 20 weeks of paid leave. In video interviews posted on Sanders' Facebook page, workers at several levels of Amazon described highly surveilled work environments, where bathroom breaks are closely monitored and there's extreme pressure to meet goals that may be unattainable. "As I am sure you know, with my very strong support, the state legislature voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour".

Employees aren't tracked minute by minute, Lynch writes, but like other companies, there are performance expectations for all employees, with productivity targets "based on previous performance levels achieved by our workforce".

The most troubling potential outcome, in Bernstein's opinion, is that the Stop BEZOS Act could further the stigmatization of worker benefits.

For example, if an employee receives $1,000 in federal assistance, the employer will be charged that amount as a tax.

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