"Stop BEZOS" Bill May Have Helped Amazon Workers Get A Raise
Wed Oct 3, 2018 11:56am


Amazon announced Tuesday that it was raising the minimum wage for more than 350,000 of its workers, so that permanent and seasonal employees will make at least $15 an hour starting in November.

The decision undoubtedly has a lot to do with the company’s need for more workers in a tight labor market. But it probably has something to do with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as well.

Sanders, the former and perhaps future Democratic presidential candidate, has spent much of the past year beating up on Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, over low pay and dismal working conditions. Last month, Sanders formally introduced a bill that would have penalized companies like Amazon that have significant numbers of employees who rely on Medicaid, food stamps or other forms of government assistance to get by.

The bill’s formal title is “Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies” ― in other words, “Stop BEZOS.” No, it wasn’t very subtle.

  • that Dear Drumpf....Depending on where they are located, they could very well see a doubling of pay in less than a month...
    • "Stop BEZOS" Bill May Have Helped Amazon Workers Get A Raise — Ken C, Wed Oct 3 11:56am
    • Maybe Trump reduced unemployment and created a tight labor market where job openings have outpaced hirings for several months, and Amazon needs to raise their wages to attract more workers.
      • Hmm...no, these are min wage wharehouse jobs...HeavyHemi, Wed Oct 3 12:46am
        you can attract anyone. The issues was, as with Walmart, having your employee wages subsidized by our tax dollars is not a good look and Congress was taking a look at this...prior to Trump. Maybe... more
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