In 2020, Amazon made $14 billion in profits during the COVID pandemic, but decided to stop paying hazard pay to workers. During that same time, Jeff Bezos saw his wealth grow by around $70 billion. One report found that Jeff Bezos’s net worth had grown so much from March to September 2020 that he could have given every single Amazon employee a bonus of $105,000 and he’d still be as wealthy as he was before the pandemic.
When I get to Alabama tomorrow to speak with the Amazon workers there, my message to Jeff Bezos will be pretty simple. “Jeff, you’re worth $182 billion. That’s a lot of money. What is your problem with allowing workers in your plant in Alabama to organize for better wages and better working conditions?”
The time is long overdue for us to address the crisis of income and wealth inequality in our country. It is totally absurd that two people (Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk) now own more wealth than the bottom 40% of the American population. And one of the ways we do that is by making it easier for workers to join unions.
So today I am asking you to stand in solidarity with Amazon workers in Alabama before the union vote comes to an end this Monday. With only a few days left, let’s send an unmistakable message to Jeff Bezos that we stand with warehouse workers.-
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