Amazon goes on the offensive against prominent lawmakers amid the largest union campaign in the online retailer’s history. Amazon’s official PR Twitter account, @Amazon, on Friday criticized Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren for their continued criticism of the e-commerce company.
“There is a big difference between speaking and acting,” Amazon tweeted. “@SenSanders has been a powerful politician in Vermont for 30 years and his minimum wage is still $ 11.75. Amazon’s is $ 15, plus excellent health care from day one. Sanders would rather speak in Alabama than perform in Vermont. “
Amazon also retweeted a comment from Dave Clark, the company’s CEO of Worldwide Consumers, who said Sanders “should save his finger-wagging talk until after he actually delivers in his own backyard.”
Sanders, an independent in Congress who often sides with Democrats, was in Bessemer, Alabama, on Friday to support Amazon workers demonstrating for the right to join a union. Plant employees now cast their votes in the election by mail, with voting ending on March 29.
At the rally, Sanders addressed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos directly, accusing the world’s richest man of not being in contact with his workers.
“Why, when you have so much money, more money than can be spent in a million lives, why are you spending millions trying to defeat an effort on the part of the workers here who want nothing but decent wages, decent benefits? , decent work? conditions? “said Sanders.
Amazon also became entangled Friday with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat who earlier this week accused the company of exploiting tax loopholes.
Amazon replied: “You make the tax laws @SenWarren; we just follow them. If you don’t like the laws you’ve created, change them. ”
Warren responded, “I didn’t write the loopholes you exploit, but your armies of lawyers and lobbyists.” He added: “You can bet I will fight to get you to pay your fair share. And I will fight your union destruction. And I will fight to disband Big Tech so that you are not powerful enough to interrupt senators with cocky tweets.”
Amazon responded by characterizing Warren’s comments as a personal attack on the company. “This is extraordinary and revealing. One of the most powerful politicians in the United States just said that he is going to break up an American company so that they can no longer criticize it.
Amazon has told federal regulators it paid $ 1.8 billion in federal taxes in 2020 – that’s 15 times the tax it paid the previous two years and about 8% of the $ 22 billion profit the company posted for the year. last.
The company is also fighting with members of Congress. Mark Pocan, who represents Wisconsin’s Second Ward, tweeted on Amazon this week that a $ 15 salary alone didn’t make it a good place to work “when a union breaks down and makes workers pee in water bottles. “.
Pocan was referring to widely publicized accounts of Amazon drivers and warehouse workers who had so little time for breaks that they were forced to relieve themselves in empty bottles or in public.
Amazon denied the accusation: “You really don’t believe peeing in bottles, do you? If that were true, no one would work for us,” the company tweeted.
Twitter users responded with news of Amazon workers complaining of inhumane working conditions. Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chimed in. The New York House member tweeted a screenshot of an email in which an Amazon manager complained that “bottles of urine” were left inside the delivery vans.