Publicado: Sol, Setiembre 09, 2018
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

Bernie Sanders introduces ‘Stop BEZOS’ bill to tax Amazon for underpaying workers

Bernie Sanders introduces ‘Stop BEZOS’ bill to tax Amazon for underpaying workers

Bernie Sanders introduced a bill today that would impose a tax on companies with 500 or more employees that would be "equal to the amount of federal benefits received by their low wage workers" as a means to combat the "rigged economy" now abused by companies like Amazon, which harms workers and rewards the rich.

For months, Sanders has beencalling out the wage disparity between Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, and Amazon's warehouse employees, some of whom have been found to rely on food stamps.

The bill targets companies with 500 or more employees and would tax "equal to 100 percent of the qualified employee benefits" low-wage earners receive.

The idea is to crack down on "corporate welfare" - where the government is left to pick up the slack for poor paying, big businesses.

"In addition, the legislation would likely lead to substantial corporate lobbying efforts to restrict eligibility and cut benefit levels for core low-income assistance programs, because doing so would reduce companies' tax bills - effectively making a cut in Medicaid, SNAP, school meals, or rental subsidies akin to a direct corporate tax cut", Greenstein wrote.

"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". That's what a rigged economy is about, ' he said. Sanders has always been critical of Bezos, especially since reports earlier this year said many Amazon warehouse employees require federal assistance to put food on the table.

The goal of the bill is to increase worker pay at large companies like Amazon and Walmart.

Amazon is one of the top employers whose workers receive food stamps.

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In addition to the public spat between Sanders and Amazon, the senator names other large US corporations, including McDonalds, Walmart and American Airlines, as targets of his bill.

In August, the senator set up a website for employees to anonymously share their experiences.

Sanders and Khanna unveiled the Stop Bezos Act just 24 hours after Amazon became America's second trillion-dollar company.

Amazon posted on Wednesday the positive responses that several employees sent to Sanders and shared with the company.

But Amazon says that such postings from Sanders are "misleading and inaccurate". "Today, his net worth is $168 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index".

Amazon claims that it has created 130,000 jobs, for people in the United States alone.

The company highlighted that its average hourly wage for a full-time fulfillment center employee is more than $15 an hour, including cash, stock and incentive bonuses, but before overtime.

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