Today’s News & Commentary — September 6, 2018
A group of workers at Whole Foods are seeking to unionize, the Wall Street Journal reports. These workers hope to collectively bargain with Whole Foods and its parent company, Amazon, over wages, benefits, and job security. Amazon has successfully avoided unionization at its warehouses, where conditions are notoriously bad. The effort comes as support for unions is at its highest level in years.
Senator Bernie Sanders introduced the Stop BEZOS Act in the Senate yesterday, a bill that would require large companies like Amazon and Walmart to reimburse the government for public welfare benefits taken out by its employees. Sanders argues that the status quo subsidizes rich corporations who pay their employees less than a living wage. The bill comes just days after Amazon became the second company ever to reach a valuation of $1,000,000,000,000.