Amazon is late again. Elizabeth Warren's high chairs, this time for her decision to cut medical benefits for part-time employees at Whole Foods, the company's grocery chain.
Warren tweeted her criticism of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, saying that the move is why "we need #MedicareForAll." Amazon did not respond to GeekWire's request to comment on publication.
Jeff Bezos pledged to give his employees "important benefits" ̵[ads1]1; right before Whole Foods reduces health care for hundreds of employees.
Friday, Amazon confirmed plans to cut medical benefits for Whole Foods employees working less than 20 hours pr. week to Business Insider. The decision will affect about 2 percent of Whole Foods' total workforce.
Warren tweeted a link to a separate Business Insider statement that accused Bezos of hypocrisy because he committed to investing in employees a few weeks before cutting part-time medical benefits. Whole Foods workers.
Bezos was one of more than 100 CEOs who signed a pledge to redefine "a purpose of a company" to go beyond making profits for shareholders. The commitment, initiated by the influential Business Roundtable, also promised to pay attention to employees, customers and other stakeholders.
In a subsequent tweet, Warren reiterated his commitment to break up large technology companies and adapt US antitrust law to toughen them in.
There is also another reason why we must #BreakUpBigTech . Amazon's anti-competitive merger with Whole Foods is not only bad for consumers – it's bad for employees. https://t.co/xm19NnWn6Z₂19199009003— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) September 14, 2019
The proposal is part of Wire's bid for the presidency in 2020. She has emerged as one of tech's toughest critics as she fights with other Democrats for the White House. But she's not alone. Fellow president hopeful Bernie Sanders has long criticized Amazon's treatment of workers.
Last year, Sanders introduced the "STOP BEZOS Act", which would force Amazon to cover the cost of government programs that its low-income workers receive. The bill was never passed, but Amazon changed its policy.
A month later, Amazon raised its internal minimum wage for all employees to $ 15 per hour. The company also plans to spend $ 700 million on employee retraining programs to teach employees whose jobs can be automated skills in high-demand fields, such as computer science and business analytics.
Despite these changes, Amazon continued to serve Democrats in Washington DC On Friday, three US senators sent a letter to Bezos demanding response to the network from third-party vendors using the program after critical reports on the program.