Amazon is responding to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) claims that Amazon pays workers “starvation wages.” AOC’s comments were made earlier this week on ABC News’ “This Week,” when she was asked about Amazon and the company’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, and what she’d like to see in a “truly progressive” agenda.
“I’m spending more time thinking about Amazon warehouse workers than I’m thinking of Jeff Bezos. I think about the outcome I want to see for those folks. Jeff Bezos is less of a concern for me than if your average Amazon worker is making a living wage, if they have guaranteed health care and if they can send their kids to college tuition-free,” Ocasio-Cortez explained. “And, if that’s the case, and Jeff Bezos is still a billionaire, then that’s one thing, but if his being a billionaire is predicated on paying people starvation wages and stripping them of their ability to access health care, and also if his ability to be a billionaire is predicated on the fact that his workers take food stamps, so I’m paying him to be a billionaire-” . . .
— Amazon News (@amazonnews) June 17, 2019
President Barack Obama’s former Press Secretary, Jay Carney, now serves as Amazon’s Senior Vice President. He responded directly to AOC in a tweet, refuting the claim:
More than 42% of all working Americans earn less than the $15/hour Amazon pays entry-level fulfillment center employees. And all our employees get top-tier benefits. I’d urge @AOC to focus on raising the federal minimum wage instead of making stuff up about Amazon. https://t.co/ClhFfOrywd
— Jay Carney (@JayCarney) June 17, 2019
(Read more from “AOC Takes Aim at Amazon…Again. but the Company Isn’t Having It.” HERE)