Day 2: Bernie Sanders and Amazon trade more jabs over wages, working conditions

CNET | 8/30/2018 | Abrar Al-Heeti
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Sen. Bernie Sanders and Amazon can't seem to make up.

A row between Vermont's independent senator and the e-commerce giant spilled over into Thursday with the two sides poking each other over Twitter about Amazon's wages and working conditions. The fight started on Wednesday after both parties released statements about work at the e-tailer, with Sanders criticizing Amazon and the company defending its record.

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"If Amazon is so proud of the way it treats its workers, why won't it make public the number of people it hires through temporary staffing agencies like Integrity Staffing Solutions and the hourly rate and benefits those workers earn?" Sanders tweeted on Day 2 of the bout.

A day earlier, Sanders released a statement saying that the median employee pay at Amazon is $28,446, or 9 percent lower than the industry average. Sanders also said thousands of Amazon employees rely on food stamps, Medicaid and public housing.

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"Many Amazon employees, who work for the wealthiest person on Earth, are paid wages so low they can't make ends meet," the statement read.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a net worth of $159 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. In July, he became the richest person in modern history.

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Sanders' statement came after he asked Amazon employees to share their experience working for the e-commerce giant. Amazon's warehouses are on the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health's list of most dangerous places to work in the US, he noted. The organization says seven Amazon employees have died at the company's warehouses since 2013. Sanders said he'll ask the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate working conditions at the fulfillment centers.

Amazon quickly responded on Wednesday with its own statement and a tweet saying Sanders had presented "misleading and inaccurate" allegations against the company's working conditions and wages.

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