Amazon responds to Ocasio-Cortez’s claim it pays ‘starvation wages’

Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., arrives at federal court in New York, on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) arrives before the town hall meeting in the Queens borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 27, 2019.

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Amazon responded Monday morning to Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that it pays warehouse workers “starvation wages,” saying in a tweet that says it pays workers at least $15 per hour plus full benefits.

In response to a question about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Ocasio-Cortez said whether Bezos is a billionaire or not is less of a concern to her than how the company’s policies impact Amazon warehouse workers.

Ocasio-Cortez said she was concerned that Bezos’ “being a billionaire is predicated on paying people starvation wages and stripping them of their ability to access healthcare, and also if his ability to be a billionaire is predicated on the fact that his workers are taking food stamps.”

Amazon tweeted a response to Ocasio-Cortez’s comments, saying: “Amazon is a leader on pay at $15 min wage + full benefits from day one. We also lobby to raise federal min wage.”

Amazon decided to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2018 after facing criticism for its pay disparity. In April, Bezos issued a challenge to other retailers to match Amazon’s pay and benefits.

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