Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) mentioned Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is afraid of his employees unionzing as a result of they might “tackle his greed.” Sanders’s statements come amid the information surrounding the union drive at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama and at this time’s deadline for handing ballots over to the regional Nationwide Labor Relations Board workplace.
“Jeff Bezos, value $180 billion, is getting nervous. He’s afraid that if Amazon employees in Alabama vote to unionize, it’ll give employees throughout America the braveness to tackle his greed & win financial justice. He’s spending tens of millions in opposition to this union to maintain billions for himself,” Sanders mentioned.
Earlier this month, Bezos declined to testify earlier than Senate Finances Committee on inequality after Sanders invited him.
“We totally endorse Senator Sanders’ efforts to cut back revenue inequality with laws to extend the federal minimal wage to $15 an hour for all employees, like we did for ours in 2018,” an Amazon spokesperson informed CNN on the time.
“Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest particular person on the earth, is in lots of respects emblematic of the unfettered capitalism that we’re seeing in America at this time,” Sanders mentioned in an announcement to CNN earlier than it turned clear that Bezos wouldn’t attend.
Sanders famous that Bezos was invited to testify “to elucidate to the American folks why he believes it’s acceptable for him to be spending an entire lot of cash denying financial dignity to Amazon employees in Bessemer who need to type a union, whereas he has turn into $78 billion richer in the course of the pandemic and is now value $183 billion,”