Bernie has criticized Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon for paying low wages to his employees. The company says that Sanders' data for food stamp recipients includes people who only worked at Amazon for a short period of time or who chose to work part-time. Anecdotes shared by current and former Amazon employees corroborate these findings. "Bezos continues to pay many thousands of his Amazon employees wages that are so low that they are forced to depend upon public assistance".
The bill would establish a 100% tax on companies equal to the benefits their employees are receiving.
Taking aim at Walmart, McDonald's, Amazon, and other ultra-profitable corporations that pay workers so little that they're forced to rely on food stamps and other federal programs to survive, Sen.
"The American people are exhausted of having to subsidize the wealthiest people in this country who are paying wages that are just so low that people can't get by", Sanders said at a press conference introducing the bill. The median USA salary for full-time Amazon employees is $34,123, it says. The only publicly-traded company in the USA valued higher is Apple, according to the Post. "That's what a rigged economy is about", said Sanders, introducing the bill alongside California Rep. Ro Khanna (D).
Sanders has been vocal about his attack on large corporations and in July, he launched a petition to demand Amazon boss Jeff Bezos implement better working conditions and pay.
The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) stated previously that "Amazon workers suffer injuries, and sometimes lost their lives, in a work environment with a relentless demand to fill orders and close monitoring of employee actions". The median salary for full-time Amazon employees is $34,123, the company 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".
The most troubling potential outcome, in Bernstein's opinion, is that the Stop BEZOS Act could further the stigmatization of worker benefits. "It's not hard to imagine that employers would be wary of hiring someone who they think - rightly or wrongly - would invoke the tax". "As I am sure you know, with my very strong support, the state legislature voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour".
For example, if an employee receives $1,000 in federal assistance, the employer will be charged that amount as a tax.