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  • eridani (6814 posts)

    Bernie Sanders introduces 'Stop BEZOS Act' in the Senate


    The bill’s acronym is a dig at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and stands for Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act.It would establish a 100 percent tax on government benefits received by workers at companies with at least 500 employees, the former presidential candidate said on Wednesday.

    “Amazon is worth $1 TRILLION,” Sanders tweeted Tuesday. “Thousands of Amazon workers have to rely on food stamps, Medicaid and public housing to survive. That is what a rigged economy looks like.”

    The bill follows similar legislation introduced in Congress last summer by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.). The Corporate Responsibility and Taxpayer Protection Act currently has nine co-sponsors, including democratic Reps. Barbara Lee of California, Jamie Raskin of Maryland, and Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District.

    “All this legislation is saying, is: Taxpayers shouldn’t be responsible for paying the expenses of workers employed by multi-billion dollar companies,” Khanna said. “The basic premise of the American dream is that if you work hard and you work for a company that’s doing well, you should earn enough to support your family. Instead, we have an absurd situation where companies with a trillion dollars in market cap — the wealthiest in the world — with employees who don’t make enough to support the basic needs of themselves and their families.”

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  • eridani (6814 posts)

    1. It’s Time to Get Billionaires Off of Welfare


    The fact is that if employers in this country simply paid workers a living wage, taxpayers would save about $150 billion a year on federal assistance programs and millions of workers would be able to live in dignity and security.

    That is why we are proposing legislation to demand that billionaires get off of welfare. The bill gives large, profitable employers a choice: Pay workers a living wage or pay for the public assistance programs their low-wage employees are forced to depend upon.

    Specifically, this legislation would establish a 100% tax on corporations with 500 or more employees equal to the amount of federal benefits received by their low-wage workers. For example, if a worker at Amazon receives $2,000 in food stamps, the employer would be taxed $2,000 to cover that cost.

    Let us be very clear: We believe that the government has a moral responsibility to provide for the vulnerable — the children, the elderly, the sick and the disabled. But we do not believe that taxpayers should have to expend huge sums of money subsidizing profitable corporations owned by some of the wealthiest people in this country.

    You've heard of the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West, right?  I'm the Morally Ambiguous Witch of the Northwest.
  • eridani (6814 posts)

    2. I Worked in an Amazon Warehouse. Bernie Sanders Is Right to Target Them


    Yet what I found while working for Amazon shocked me. I had done warehouse work previously when I was younger, along with a range of other poorly-paid, manual jobs. In other words, my shock at the way workers were treated by Amazon was not a product of some wet-behind-the-ears naivete: I fully expected warehouse work to be tough. Yet what I witnessed at Amazon went far beyond that. This was a workplace environment in which decency, respect and dignity were absent.

    The atmosphere of the warehouse had the atmosphere of what I imagine a low security prison would feel like. You had to pass in and out of gigantic airport-style security gates at the end of every shift and each time you went on break or needed to use the toilet. It could take as long as 10 or 15 minutes to pass through these gigantic metal scanners. A corporate, Orwellian form of double-speak was pervasive. You were not called a worker but an “associate”. You weren’t fired but instead you were “released”. Near the entrance to the warehouse, a cardboard cut-out of a fictional Amazon worker proclaimed, via a speech bubble attached to her head, that “we love coming to work and we miss it when we’re not here”.

    The contrast between this sickly corporate uplift and the reality of life as an order picker at Amazon was stark. Workers were regularly admonished by management for clocking up so-called ‘idle time’, which was usually no more than the time it took to go to the bathroom. A recent survey of Amazon warehouse workers in England by the group Organise found that 74% were afraid to go to the toilet during a shift out of fear of missing productivity targets. On one occasion I found a Coca Cola bottle containing urine sitting incongruently on a warehouse shelf amidst the assorted miscellania, evidently left there by a worker too scared to take a toilet break.

    Amazon operated a draconian disciplinary points system, whereby points were given to workers for things like missed productivity targets, ‘idle time’ and clocking in a few minutes after the start of a shift. We were warned that talking to co-workers could also result in the acquisition of a point. Should you receive six points you would lose your job. Illness was punished as a misdemeanour by the company. I took a day off sick and was given a point for it – despite notifying Amazon several hours before the start of my shift that I was ill and offering to provide a note from the doctor. When I returned to work I asked an Amazon manager how they could justify such a policy, which effectively punished people for being ill. “It’s what Amazon have always done”, he replied blandly.

    You've heard of the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West, right?  I'm the Morally Ambiguous Witch of the Northwest.
    • Snort McDork (2951 posts)

      3. I like the fact that Bernie has no fear of these rich a-holes

  • FugitiveBirdie (2056 posts)

    4. Victory!!!!!


    • Coldmountaintrail (9791 posts)

      5. $15=$3 raise (2018 $) from 1968 minimum + health/college out of calculation

  • Major Hogwash (5000 posts)

    6. This bill doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of passing.

    Trump moya marionetka ~ Putin  
    • Silver Witch (7107 posts)

      7. That is why he is putting it on the floor…

      Hero actions in the face of impossibility are not hero actions.

      Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost~John Quincy Adams  
    • eridani (6814 posts)

      8. No, but the minimum wage still got raised. n/t

      You've heard of the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West, right?  I'm the Morally Ambiguous Witch of the Northwest.