Bernie Sanders introduces 'Stop BEZOS Act' in the Senate

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Bernie Sanders Takes Aim at Amazon Wages, Working Conditions With Stop BEZOS Act

Anecdotes shared by current and former Amazon employees corroborate these findings.

"Meanwhile, Mr. Bezos continues to pay thousands of his Amazon employees wages that are so low that they must rely on food stamps, Medicaid, or subsidized housing in order to survive", he said.

Amazon has pushed back on claims made by Sanders in recent weeks, saying the senator made "inaccurate and misleading" accusations against the company.

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While some have openly questioned whether Sanders' bill is the best way to address the issue of corporate malfeasance and worker inequality epitomized by Amazon, the Huffington Post's Arthur Delaney and Dave Jamieson, who interviewed Sanders ahead of its release, argue that the proposal "isn't really about collecting funds for food stamps or Medicaid ― it's about making a spectacle of the low pay and bad working conditions at profitable businesses". He wants to bring in legislation, so that large companies may be levied a tax that is equal to the government benefits that employees receive from their companies. Earlier this year, Amazon said in a government filing that its median salary is $28,446 - a figure, Amazon said, that include the compensation for part-time employees. The only publicly-traded company in the US valued higher is Apple, according to the Post. "That's what a rigged economy is about", said Sanders, who introduced the bill with California Representative Ro Khanna, a Democrat.

The bill makes it illegal for the company to ask employees if they receive or qualify for federal assistance and leaves it to the Internal Revenue Service, in consultation with other federal agencies, to determine the amount of the tax. Full-time warehouse associates get medical, dental and vision benefits from the day they start, and they're the same benefits employees like Lynch get, she says.

"Amazon is worth $1 TRILLION", Sanders tweeted Tuesday.

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The proposal by the socialist who came within an ace of being the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee would tax employers one dollar for every dollar that their employees take in food stamp, health-care and other welfare benefits.

Plus, the legislation likely wouldn't do much to raise wages, the center said.

James Bloodworth describes similar pressures in his book Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain (which sells for $10 for Kindle on amazon.com).

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Employees also receive a "block of unpaid time off to account for running late and they can use that time like a checking account, deducting when necessary for time out of work", Lynch writes.

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