Though many of the efforts against the unionization effort were less public, the social media posts were likely yet another anti-unionization strategy and an effort to save the company’s social license. But the tweets actually ended up being somewhat of a public relations disaster as the company tweeted claims that were easily debunked.
The most notorious tweet was posted in response to Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin). After Amazon executive Dave Clark bizarrely criticized Sanders and called the company a “progressive workplace,” Pocan criticized the statement, saying, “Paying workers $15/hr doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles.”
The Amazon News account tweeted back at Pocan, apparently under orders from Bezos: “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?” The tweet inspired an enormous amount of backlash and inspired The Intercept to dig up internal documents showing that the company does indeed know that its drivers must urinate in bottles to keep up with its quotas.
The company’s attempts at deception continued from there. The Amazon Public Policy account boasted about its $1.7 billion in federal tax expense in 2020 — but tax expense is vastly different from tax payable, and the company actually avoided more in taxes than it’s bragging about, to the tune of $2.3 billion.
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