Amazon and Congressman Mark Pocan spoke on Twitter about providing a minimum wage of $ 15 for employees
Amazon fired back on criticism from Rep. Mark Pocan in mostly strident terms after the Wisconsin Democrat claimed the company was breaking a union and forcing workers to urinate in bottles.
Ahead of Senator Bernie Sanders’ visit to an Amazon order fulfillment center in Alabama, where some workers are pushing for unionization, Dave Clark, the company’s CEO for its global consumer business, tweeted on Wednesday that he welcomed the visit.
Pocan responded with disbelief, blaming Amazon’s claims that it is a “progressive” workplace, a bunk bed.
“Paying employees $ 15 / hour doesn’t make you a” progressive workplace “if you dissolve unions and let employees pee in water bottles,” he said in a Wednesday evening tweet.
Amazon’s corporate communications department hit back on Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, unusually keen for a large company, which tends to lean towards more cautious statements
People across the country appeared to be rallying in the efforts of Amazon workers in Alabama to unite, even as far as Philadelphia, where people had legs this month.
Pocan’s allegations weren’t new – he recycled allegations previously aired, but this time they got a usually strong response from Amazon’s corporate communications department.
“You don’t really believe peeing in bottles, do you?” tweeted the Amazon account. ‘If that were true, no one would work for us. The truth is, we have over a million incredible employees around the world who take pride in what they do, and have great wages and healthcare from day one. ‘
Clark said the company hoped its example would encourage lawmakers to pursue policies that would push other companies to offer benefits and pay the $ 15 an hour Amazon has as a starting wage.
“I often say that we are the Bernie Sanders of employers, but that’s not right because we actually deliver a progressive workplace,” Clark tweeted. “A minimum wage of $ 15, health care from day one, career advancement, and a safe and inclusive work environment.”
Dave Clark, the CEO of Amazon’s consumer division, called the ecommerce giant’s environment a “progressive workplace” because of its $ 15 hourly wage. But “paying employees $ 15 / hour doesn’t mean you are a” progressive workplace. ” Wisconsin Representative Mark Pocan replied.
It was the latest in an ongoing showdown between Amazon and US Senator Bernie Sanders, who has been working on a federal minimum wage increase to $ 15 an hour – along with supporting a union campaign in Amazon’s executive center in Alabama.
Union advocates have accused Amazon of using unfair tactics to discourage people from voting for unions; Amazon has accused it of simply telling the truth.
Sanders also called out Amazon Founder and Executive Chairman Jeff Bezos in an MSNBC interview.
“Jeff, you’re worth $ 182 billion, that’s a lot of money. What’s your problem with allowing Alabama workers to organize for better wages and working conditions? You can afford to pay them more ‘ Sanders said earlier this month.
On Friday, the Democratic Socialist criticized Bezos during a hearing on the budget committee in which the senator accused employees of working long, hard hours with no job security expected of one of the richest men in the world, Newsweek reported
Amazon’s global CEO for its consumer business tweeted ahead of a visit from Senator Bernie Sanders; his tweet drew brickbats from critics who say the company isn’t living up to the hype
Rep. Wisconsin-based Mark Pocan fired back, claiming the company was making workers pee in bottles because of a lack of break; he reinforced allegations that Amazon was breaking a union
Sanders recently ran a two-minute video on social media explain his support for collective bargaining for Amazon employees.
Many came in defense of Pocan, including British journalist James Bloodworth who wrote a book after working low wages for companies such as Amazon.
In fact, peeing in bottles is to maintain workflow in Amazon warehouses is fairly well documented
Even delivery drivers claim to be so pressured that relieving yourself comes with the threat of unemployment.
According to Brookings, Amazon and Walmart together brought in about $ 10.7 billion in profits over the course of the pandemic, indicating a 56% increase in sales, which the institute attributed to Americans who spend more on home delivery than they do. The stores went out to exposure the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two companies, Brookings said, could have quadrupled compensation for their employees and still made a nice profit compared to the year before.
In addition, by October 2020, Amazon reported that about 20,000 employees were sick from COVID-19 after many employees reported about the hazardous conditions in facilities.
Despite the fact that Amazon employees receive an hourly wage of $ 15, they are organizing to demand better working conditions after it emerged that many are being forced to pee into bottles.