New Jersey Congresswoman Calls Out 'Atrocious Greed' of Jeff Bezos as Amazon Profits During Coronavirus

  
Via:  john-russell  •  2 weeks ago  •  39 comments

By:   Jason Lemon (Newsweek)

New Jersey Congresswoman Calls Out 'Atrocious Greed' of Jeff Bezos as Amazon Profits During Coronavirus
"Jeff Bezos is expected to become the 1st trillionaire as he consolidates the retail market during coronavirus," Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman tweeted.

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Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman strongly criticized Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos, sharing a report about how the multinational company plans to end hazard pay for employees after the end of May amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In March, the company announced it would be increasing hourly pay and overtime wages temporarily during the pandemic, as its warehouse employees were deemed essential. However, the company plans to end that extra pay after May 30.

"Jeff Bezos is expected to become the 1st trillionaire as he consolidates the retail market during coronavirus," Watson Coleman, a New Jersey Democrat, tweeted on Wednesday evening. She shared a link to an article reporting on Amazon's plans to cut the hazard pay.

"Now Amazon is telling its workers (who have faced significant risk) that it'll be ending their hazard pay at the end of MAY!" the congresswoman added. "Atrocious greed."


Jeff Bezos is expected to become the 1st trillionaire as he consolidates the retail market during coronavirus.
Now Amazon is telling its workers (who have faced significant risk) that it'll be ending their hazard pay at the end of MAY!
Atrocious greed.https://t.co/JOcsZBwSGo

— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) May 13, 2020

Rachael Lighty, an Amazon spokesperson, reiterated to Newsweek in an email that the company had extended the increased hourly pay through May 30.

"We are also extending double overtime pay in the U.S. and Canada. These extensions increase our total investment in pay during COVID-19 to nearly $800 million for our hourly employees and partners," Lighty said.

"In addition, we are providing flexibility with leave of absence options, including expanding the policy to cover COVID-19 circumstances, such as high-risk individuals or school closures. We continue to see heavy demand during this difficult time and the team is doing incredible work for our customers and the community," she added.

A company spokesperson previously told CNBC about the end of the hazard pay.

"We are grateful to associates supporting customers during a time of increased demand, and are returning to our regular pay and overtime wages at the end of the month," they said.

Amazon originally announced the temporary pay increase on March 16 and later extended it until May 16. It was then extended again through the end of the month. The news that the hazard pay would end was first reported by Vox's Recode.

"We're going to do one more extension on it and push it out until the end of the month," Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of worldwide operations, told the news site.

"We continue to see incredible demand from customers right now and ... our team's response in coming back to work has been really great as well," Clark added. "We think it's the right thing for employees and the right thing for customers to keep it on for a couple of weeks."

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the the 70th International Astronautical Congress at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on October 22, 2019MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty

Bezos and Amazon have faced criticism for years. While Bezos has become the richest man in the world, with an estimated net worth of $143 billion according to Bloomberg, many have criticized the relatively low wages and working conditions faced by Amazon warehouse employees. During the novel coronavirus pandemic, some of these workers have organized strikes due to concerns about their own health and safety.

A new analysis by Comparisun, a company that allows firms to compare different business products, shows that Bezos is on track to become the world's first trillionaire. According to analysis, the Amazon CEO's net worth grew by about 34 percent over the past five years. Already Bezos has seen his fortune surge by more than $28 billion since last year.

This article has been updated with a statement from an Amazon spokesperson.


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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    2 weeks ago

This reminds of a dystopian future when everyone works for "The Company" , and "likes" it. 

Bezos looks like a Bond villain. 

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1  MUVA  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

I like to see prosperity I know it is tuff for some to see others do well.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
1.1.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  MUVA @1.1    2 weeks ago

I suppose you admire trillionaires. Billions just wasnt enough. 

 
 
 
Split Personality
1.1.2  Split Personality  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.1    2 weeks ago

There will always be a handful of people at the top of the pyramid with countless numbers at the bottom.

Prior to 2017 Bezos was relatively cheap as far as charitable giving goes but in 2018,

he and McKenzie gave away $2 Billion dollars to be ranked number one,

way ahead of Bloomberg's $767 million donations.

Granted, these mega millionaires are probably doing some gifting for tax purposes, but hey,

they are giving back to the community at some level.

 
 
 
MUVA
1.1.3  MUVA  replied to  MUVA @1.1    2 weeks ago

I admire success.

 
 
 
Sparty On
1.1.4  Sparty On  replied to  MUVA @1.1.3    2 weeks ago

Oh the humanity!

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squiggy
1.2  squiggy  replied to  JohnRussell @1    2 weeks ago

NYC could have had some of those real jobs, but government titties are more fun.

 
 
 
Heartland American
1.2.1  Heartland American  replied to  squiggy @1.2    2 weeks ago

AOC cost New York some 25,000 jobs with her socialist progressive virtue signaling.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.2.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Heartland American @1.2.1    2 weeks ago

On this we are in full agreement.  The tax credit that was promised was NOT a payment of money, it was a forgiving of tax, which would have cost the NYC treasury and the people of NYC NOTHING!!!!!!   It was ALL BENEFIT, and NO DETRIMENT.  Those who followed the fool AOC were fools themselves.  

 
 
 
Split Personality
2  Split Personality    2 weeks ago

Amazon kept a lot of people employed by keeping the rest of us off the streets and stocked with necessities.

It is capitalism at it's finest.

Someone will issue him a Presidential Medal of freedom someday

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
3  Just Jim NC TttH    2 weeks ago

I, for one, have never understood the concept, especially in this case, of hazard pay for a job someone does every day anyway.  Does the virus not target people with more money? Hell no. So how, seriously here looking for some insight, does throwing more money at the employees reduce the risk of them getting it or ease its severity if they do? Mentally, I can see where it may minimally decrease anxiety but other that that?

 
 
 
Ronin2
3.1  Ronin2  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3    2 weeks ago

Bezos did the right thing by his employees. Now that it is ending the left is more than willing to throw him under the bus.

If they don't like it they can form their own supply chain company and compete directly with Amazon. They can run their company whatever way they want to then; more than likely it will be into the ground with the tax payers picking up the tab.

 
 
 
Texan1211
3.1.1  Texan1211  replied to  Ronin2 @3.1    2 weeks ago
If they don't like it they can form their own supply chain company and compete directly with Amazon. They can run their company whatever way they want to then; more than likely it will be into the ground with the tax payers picking up the tab.

Excellent point. But I doubt anyone will do so. Running a company isn't as easy-peasy as some would have you believe. Some act as if Bezos started out rich and screwed everyone to get richer. But some yahoos want to tell him how to run HIS company. Screw them!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3    2 weeks ago

Because of how Amazon works, the employees were exposed to anything on the supplies/materials/STUFF that came into the warehouses. Granted, anybody that's working outside the home during this pandemic is probably more vulnerable than those that are staying at home. Bezos is just being a good employer by giving his workers a little more money during this period. I guess it's a thank-you for coming in every day and doing your job.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
3.2.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.2    2 weeks ago

Good points but it still isn't a mitigation tool. Thanks for the good response though. Seriously.jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.2.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.2.1    2 weeks ago

I agree it's not a mitigation tool. This virus doesn't respect anybody.

You're welcome

 
 
 
Colour Me Free
3.3  Colour Me Free  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3    2 weeks ago
I, for one, have never understood the concept, especially in this case, of hazard pay for a job someone does every day anyway.

Haha … Awww Jim I gather your pay did not go up in this case?

Essential employees have added risk when working the frontlines, it is an incentive or 'combat' pay… ..  these individuals leaving their homes and families to stock shelves or fix 'your' car for 12 bucks an hour are playing Russian roulette with their lives and that of their families ..There is no way of knowing how the virus will affect each individual.  I was upset with Albertson's for only giving their employees a 2 buck an hour bump in pay...

My bitch is in the 600 dollar weekly boost for everyone that qualifies for unemployment, does it bother you?  … my oldest is making close to double his wages off unemployment .. there is ZERO incentive to return to work til it runs out!   Last I heard the 600 dollar boost may be extended beyond the 4 months! 

Hope you are doing well .. stay healthy : )

Peace!

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
3.3.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Colour Me Free @3.3    2 weeks ago
it is an incentive or 'combat' pay… ..  these individuals leaving their homes and families to stock shelves or fix 'your' car for 12 bucks an hour are playing Russian roulette with their lives and that of their families

And money fixes that how if they get infected? I don't doubt the risks being taken but what's to say they don't stop on the way home to get gas or groceries and get infected? That said, it is an honorable thing to do just trying to figure out how money fixes it. Sounds like Democrat policy to me. Just throw money at it and, the five most dangerous words in the English language, "Maybe it will go away"

Hope you are too and no, my pay hasn't increased. I work in and office where 75% of the staff are working from home due to this.. I am not. Oour shop staff are all working except those older and vulnerable with preexisting  conditions. We have "zoned" the shop and routed those zones in separate doors. By zoning, should someone come down with it, we can isolate and shut down the affected zone while testing could go on with those in the "zone".

And I understand completely your disgust with the extra bucks. I know some, in the neighborhood, that feel the same as your son.

 
 
 
Colour Me Free
3.3.2  Colour Me Free  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.3.1    2 weeks ago
And money fixes that how if they get infected?

Why do soldiers get combat pay .. what is that going to fix if they end up dead?  See how ridiculous that sounds?   I know what you are saying Jim .. I disagree with the reasoning, it is kind of bar logic.. haha .. why shouldn't the person stocking the toilet paper that you wipe your ass with during this time get 2 bucks extra an hour .. we the tax payers are not paying for that, like we are a 600 dollar boost (2400 dollars a month) for 30 million people receiving unemployment

Excellent way to organize the work place

I am doing quite well .. my yard, flower beds and garden are looking good - started the garden in the house in late March … I have a pig butchered every year .. have 1/2 a buffalo in the garage freezer …  haha I am an introvert (just not shy) I have been training for this pandemic for years : )

glad you are staying healthy my friend …!

 
 
 
Split Personality
3.3.3  Split Personality  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.3.1    2 weeks ago
Sounds like Democrat policy to me. Just throw money at it and, the five most dangerous words in the English language, "Maybe it will go away"

Are you stating that this POTUS is a Democrat?

He has clearly thrown several trillion dollars at "stay in place' and still doesn't have a reliable test, medication or vaccine.

How many times do you think he has said "it will go away" ? 

Too many for me to sit and count...

Jest sayin...

 
 
 
squiggy
4  squiggy    2 weeks ago

You should try lobbying for US gov types in Kuwait. Because it is so serene, it pays an extra 10% for foreign pay.

 
 
 
loki12
5  loki12    2 weeks ago

"Jeff Bezos is expected to become the 1st trillionaire as he consolidates the retail market during coronavirus," Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman tweeted.

Another idiot who thinks winning a popularity contest among like minded individuals somehow makes her special.  News Flash you idiot, if you close everything and lock people in there houses, they are going to shop online making Bezos rich, when these no integrity douchebags start forfeiting their pay until unemployment gets below 4 percent again, they can just go fornicate themselves.

 
 
 
Colour Me Free
5.1  Colour Me Free  replied to  loki12 @5    2 weeks ago

Hey loki … hope you and the Mrs are well

I am very happy that I bought Amazon stock at 233 bucks a share … : ) 

 
 
 
loki12
5.1.1  loki12  replied to  Colour Me Free @5.1    2 weeks ago

I bet!!!!   If this keeps up you can be a billionaire too!  

I hope you are staying safe, and taking care of yourself. 

 
 
 
Colour Me Free
5.1.2  Colour Me Free  replied to  loki12 @5.1.1    2 weeks ago
 If this keeps up you can be a billionaire too! 

From your lips ………..!

After a month in the hospital last fall - I am taking excellent care of myself … lost 60 pounds, am looking good too!  : )

 
 
 
loki12
5.1.3  loki12  replied to  Colour Me Free @5.1.2    2 weeks ago

Good for you, my life is still the same, OKC last week KC this next week. only the hotel Gyms are closed.....and more importantly the bars....The suffering is horrible. LOL

 
 
 
Colour Me Free
5.1.4  Colour Me Free  replied to  loki12 @5.1.3    2 weeks ago

You poor thing you …!  No bars .. damn'd man you should be getting hazard pay :)

 
 
 
The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"
6  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"    2 weeks ago

Why is the greediest guy in the world a democrat?

I thought they were compassionate?

 
 
 
loki12
6.1  loki12  replied to  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen" @6    2 weeks ago
I thought they were compassionate?

They are.......with your money.

 
 
 
Heartland American
6.1.1  Heartland American  replied to  loki12 @6.1    2 weeks ago

So many billionaires are well to the left like Soros and Steyer. In the media, the tech industry , and wall st investment bankers.  

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

Why does this story make me think of Leonardo DiCaprio at the prow of the Titanic shouting "I'm the king of the world"?  I guess if Bezos wants to buy his own Island, he could buy Greenland. 

 
 
 
Sparty On
8  Sparty On    2 weeks ago

OMG!    

You mean someone is still actually making money?

Better tighten up the Pandemic screws a little tighter comrades!

 
 
 
Texan1211
9  Texan1211    2 weeks ago

It simply isn't any of the Congresswoman business how rich Bezos is.

jealous bitch.

 
 
 
Texan1211
10  Texan1211    2 weeks ago

Why do so many Democrats seem to be always railing on about how much money someone else makes?

What business is it of ANYONE'S how much someone makes?

Nosy idiots should MYOB.

 
 
 
MUVA
10.1  MUVA  replied to  Texan1211 @10    2 weeks ago

Because some are envious my wife has a sister that thinks because their dad is wealthy she shouldn’t have to work and he should help her more.She is 60 and has never worked a full time job my wife’s  dad is 80 and just stopped working last year.

 
 
 
Sparty On
10.2  Sparty On  replied to  Texan1211 @10    2 weeks ago

Lol reminds me when we get a large job.    We’ve been working off of single digit margins for years now and if we get a million dollar job half our employees think we are suddenly millionaires.

Ignorance of such things is pretty epic in much of the work force these days.

 
 
 
Sparty On
11  Sparty On    2 weeks ago

I gotta say though, Bezos is looking more and more like Lex Luther each year ..... maybe John is onto something here ..... 😬

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
12  Paula Bartholomew    2 weeks ago

People are advised to shop on line rather than in store.  Amazon has the products so why shouldn't Bezos make money.  Don't want to add your money his coffers then go shop and get exposed.

 
 
 
MUVA
12.1  MUVA  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @12    2 weeks ago

I agree 100% use the power of the purse.

 
 
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