AOC appeared on ABC’s “This Week.” During her interview, she went after Amazon again, the company that she turned away from New York because they were going to get a tax incentive while paying $15/hr. A wage that AOC believes New Yorkers deserve, but I guess not from Amazon. Amazon responded to her slight explaining how she was wrong.
“OCASIO-CORTEZ: Well, I think — for me, I think I spend less time thinking about thinking Jeff Bezos and I think more time thinking about Amazon warehouse workers. I think about the outcomes that I want for those folks. So whether Jeff Bezos is a billionaire or not is less of my concern 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. And if that’s the case and Jeff Bezos is still a billionaire, 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 for him to be a billionaire —
ABC’s Jonathan Karl: And do you think that’s why he’s a billionaire, because he pays his workers starvation wages and —
OCASIO-CORTEZ: I think it’s certainly a part of the equation when you have a very large workforce and you underpay every single person and then you also participate in — you know, in taking billions of dollars of government subsidies, I think that that’s — that could be part of it. But, if he’s willing to give up all of his government subsidies, if we’re willing to charge fair taxes, if we’re willing to pay people living wage, send people to college tuition-free, guarantee everyone health care and he’s still a billionaire, then, well, that’s a fight we can have another day.”
“An Amazon spokesperson responded to the congresswoman’s comments, saying:
“These allegations are absurd. Amazon associates receive industry-leading pay starting at $15 an hour – in fact, hourly associates at our Staten Island facility earn between $17.30 and $23 an hour, plus benefits which include comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance. On top of these benefits, Amazon pre-pays 95% of continuing education tuition costs through its Career Choice program for associates who want to pursue in-demand careers. For anyone who wants to know what it’s like to work in an Amazon fulfillment center, sign up for a tour today.”
This sounds like AOC is just trying to slander Amazon because she messed up. She should never have turned them away. She cost her state a ton of jobs. But as per usual she didn’t have her facts straight. Since when is $15/hr slave wages? Does she know what a slave is?