Amazon Portraying Itself as a Devoted Supporter of a Higher Federal Minimum Wage.

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    • #425855
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      The Washington Post ads, which appeared almost like editorial content, are part of a broader campaign by Amazon highlighting its support for a $15 minimum wage. Left unsaid: Amazon only begrudgingly agreed to a higher wage for its own workers after serious public shaming.

      The Washington Post headline noted when Amazon announced it would raise its minimum wage to $15, it did so “following criticism” — most prominently from Sen. Bernie Sanders, who launched a petition to Bezos in August 2018, demanding that he pay his workers “a living wage and improve working conditions at Amazon warehouses all across the country.”

      Sanders also introduced the “Stop BEZOS Act,” legislation to put a 100-percent tax on government benefits received by workers at large companies, after a report found that thousands of Amazon workers were on food stamps.
      When Amazon announced it would raise its wages, Bezos acknowledged the pressure campaign the company was facing: “We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” he said.


    • #425861
      retired liberal
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      Stop it from buying up other companies, oh, say like MGM?
      Amazon already has it fingers in too many places.

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
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    • #425869
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      “after serious public shaming”

      –Why aren’t we the people doing more of that?  Solidarity forever.

      –And here’s the codicil to A-zon’s $15/hr:  Cost to bezos offset by:

      Amazon eliminates monthly bonuses and stock grants after minimum wage increase
      –Some employees claim they will make less money after the wage increase

      (Notice mom daughter & dog still live together even on $30+/hr combined)


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      I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

    • #425873
      David the Gnome
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      I did not think so before, but… I am increasingly seeing “corrections” made on facebook and other social media, even of simple controversial opinions.  Even when people are not trying to claim things as fact.  These corrections, in general, are supportive of the status quo, of whatever the permitted information outlets and “fact checkers” are allowing us to post.  Now… it might be possible, for now, to still organize a protest or some such thing using social media.  For now.  I am more convinced than ever though, that “Russiagate” was not just a hoax, but a hoax to convince us that it was okay for the government to heavily censor one of the few remaining avenues of free speech.

      When I was a younger man, I argued with a lot of republicans.  We may not have particularly liked each other, or each other’s ideals, but generally, we agreed that we would defend (if necessary) each other’s rights to have and share an opinion.  I am seeing less of that, as time goes on.  Mere exploration of issues and ideas is increasingly coming under fire as not okay.  Whether it is because it might offend this or that group, or because it is not absolutely, 100% fact.  Few things are.  There are precious few absolutes in this world.  Some would say there are none.

      Given the control that corporations like Amazon already have over a significant portion of the media, given that they heavily fund political campaigns (whether through individual stock holders, or the corporation itself, shell companies, etc.) and have major influence over legislation… and given their economic bullying that, in many cases… works all too well…

      Independent journalism is dying, where it is not already dead.  Nearly every Nation has some version of “state controlled” media – and that certainly includes the U.S.  The difference is that now that control is more apparent and more far reaching than ever before.

      There have been many advocates for internet freedom, for the freedom to say as we will – and this does not mean that it is okay to shout “fire” in a crowded theater.  Words can have consequences, whether we are free to speak them or not.  Increasingly, however, it seems like we are not.

      I wonder how long it will be before media like the Washington Post, that shamelessly promoted the “propornot” foolishness, actually have more effective control.  For those who may have missed it – JPR was named as a site of “useful idiots” promoting Russian propaganda.

      Public shaming only works when the public knows that there is reason for shame – when facts and opinions are available.  As they become less so to the average lay person…

      Our future is likely to be even more corporate than our present.  They already control most things.

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      since printing the Pentagon Papers, exposing the Watergate scandal….to promoting PropOrNot.

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