“No one working for a man who earns $260 million a day should be forced to sleep in their car. Yet that is what’s happening at Amazon.”
After Amazon issued a rare blog post on Wednesday denouncing Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) recent criticism of the retail behemoth as “inaccurate,” Sanders quickly responded with a statement accusing Amazon of being “less than forthcoming” about how much it actually pays its workers and highlighting the fact that Amazon warehouses are considered some of the “most dangerous places to work in the United States.”
“The American taxpayer should not be subsidizing the richest people in history so they can underpay their employees.”
—Sen. Bernie SandersWhile Amazon boasted in its public response to Sanders that it provides a “climate controlled, safe workplace” for its employees, the Vermont senator highlighted the fact that the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health—a workers’ rights advocacy group—placed Amazon on its “Dirty Dozen” list of companies with unsafe working conditions earlier this year.
“I will be asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to investigate unsafe working conditions at Amazon fulfillment centers,” Sanders wrote in his statement, which provides a small sample of stories current and former Amazon employees have submitted to Sanders’ office in response to a request he put out on Monday.
“Amazon’s ‘Fulfillment’ Centers are not designed with human beings in mind,” wrote one anonymous former Amazon employee from Texas. “If anyone wanted to experience what a turn of the 20th century American sweat shop might have looked/sounded/felt like they could look no further than Amazon.”
In a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday, Sanders wondered why Amazon would have to pay workers to sing the company’s praises onlineif its working conditions are so great: