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Amazon Responds to Bernie Sanders’ ‘Inaccurate and Misleading’ Accusations on Employee Working Conditions

Amazon is firing back at Bernie Sanders‘ for allegedly “misleading” claims and calls for a special tax on big companies that don’t do enough for their employees.

Political observers might have noticed that Sanders frequently criticizes Jeff Bezos – saying the Amazon CEO is phenomenally wealthy, yet his employees have to deal with poor working conditions and are paid sub-standard living wages which force them to accept food stamps, Medicaid, and other forms of public assistance.

The senator also said recently that he will soon propose anti-corporate welfare legislation that will impose taxes on companies equal to the cost of what their workers draw from public assistance.

In response to this, Amazon posted a statement online today, calling the accusations “inaccurate and misleading” while insisting that they offer safe workspaces with sufficient pay and benefits. The statement also says that they welcome Sanders to have a look for himself at one of their fulfillment centers.

“We have been in regular contact with his office and have offered several opportunities for Senator Sanders and his team to tour one of our fulfillment centers (FCs),” the blog reads. “Instead, Senator Sanders continues to spread misleading statements about pay and benefits. Amazon is proud to have created over 130,000 new jobs last year alone. In the U.S., the average hourly wage for a full-time associate in our fulfillment centers, including cash, stock, and incentive bonuses, is over $15/hour before overtime.”

Sanders has taken notice of Amazon’s statement, but he’s not backing down from his position.

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