In a tweet on Tuesday, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez joined fellow Democrats in criticizing Amazon for its alleged poor working conditions – a move that prompted the internet-based company to blame to some of America’s most liberal figures.
“A relative of mine worked for Amazon delivery last year and left because that’s how dangerous it felt to them,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet. Adding that the company “puts so much pressure on the performance of its employees that defecation in bags is common enough that there are internal memos about it”.
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The New York Democrat’s comments were in response to former White House press secretary under the Obama administration and current senior vice president of global corporate affairs at Amazon Jay Carney, who dismissed the comments from Sanders after claiming that “Amazon workers in Alabama are sick and tired. to be treated like robots. ”
“With all due respect, senator [Bernie Sanders] You are wrong. We treat our employees with dignity and respect. We offer a minimum wage of $ 15, day one healthcare, and a safe and inclusive workplace. ”
The complicated back and forths of Amazon officials began after Sanders announced he would be heading to an Amazon warehouse in Alabama to encourage unionization last week.
The heated exchange began after Sanders wrote on Twitter: “All I want to know is why the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, is spending millions to stop workers from organizing a union to that they can negotiate better wages, benefits and work. conditions. ”
“All we want to know is why the [Senator] is one of the most powerful [politicians] in VT for 30+ years and their minimum wage is ALWAYS only $ 11.75. AMZN’s minimum wage is $ 15 + excellent healthcare from day one, ”replied Amazon CEO Dave Clark. “The Sen should keep his lecture wiggling his fingers until he actually speaks in his own backyard.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Also sued Amazon saying they “exploit loopholes and tax havens to pay next to nothing in taxes.”
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But the company again responded in a series of tweets, telling the senator it was “just following” the law.
“If you don’t like the laws you created, change them. Here are the facts: Amazon has paid billions of dollars in corporate taxes in the past few years alone, ”Amazon retorted in part.
Amazon has come under fire after documents published showing employees complained of urinating into water bottles and not having enough time to stop and use the toilet.
Amazon also addressed these criticisms on Twitter.
Daniella Genovese contributed to this report.