Sen. Bernie Sanders gave billionaire Jeff Bezos another twist on Thursday when he introduced a bill that would crack down on big companies like Amazon if they do not pay their employees a living wage.
The former Democratic presidential candidate has partnered with prominent progressive representative of the House of Representatives Ro Khanna (D-CA) to present the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies law (Stop BEZOS).
The law proposes a tax on large corporations, such as Amazon, Walmart and American Airlines, which would force them to pay the same taxes that their low-wage employees receive in federal benefits in order to make ends meet.
Sen. Bernie Sanders gave another blow to billionaire Jeff Bezos on Thursday when he introduced a bill that would crack down on big companies like Amazon if they do not pay their employees a living wage.
"The Stop Bezos Law gives big businessmen a choice: pay workers a living wage or pay for public assistance programs in which low-wage workers are forced to trust," says the legislation.
The idea is to take energetic measures against the "corporate welfare", where the government has to take over from the big companies that pay badly.
Sanders argues that it could save taxpayers $ 150 billion a year in government assistance programs, such as food stamps, Medicaid and public housing, reports Fox.
"We do not believe that taxpayers should spend huge sums of money subsidizing profitable corporations, owned by some of the richest people in this country." That's what a manipulated economy is about, "he said.
But he did it personally with the not-so-subtle incursion by naming the acronym for the account after Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.
During a speech during the weekend, Sanders attacked Bezos for cultivating his own wealth at the expense of the poorest,
Sanders made the bill personal and not so subtle by naming the project acronym after Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.
"We have a person whose wealth increases by $ 250 million each day, while he pays thousands of his workers' wages that are so low that they are forced to pay for food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing," Sanders said.
He argued that Amazon's average salary, at $ 28,446, is 9 percent less than the industry standard and well below a living wage. He noted the reports, from the New Food Economy, that show that up to a third of Amazon employees in Arizona receive food stamps, and a tenth of employees in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
In a rare move, Amazon responded in a blog post, calling Sanders' comments "inaccurate and misleading" and arguing that he pays a fair wage and that employees with food stamps were part-time or only worked for them for a fee. Little time.
Sanders has expressed his attack on large corporations and, in July, launched a petition to demand Amazon boss Jeff Bezos to implement better working conditions and pay.
In August, the senator created a website for employees to share their experiences anonymously.