In celebration of their annual, self-proclaimed "holiday," Amazon Prime Day, mega-corporation Amazon hosted a huge concert in New York City featuring major stars like Taylor Swift, SZA, and Becky G. We officially live in a capitalist dystopia.
In-person attendance was only open to "select local Prime members," but Amazon's concert is available for streaming to every Prime member, assuming they also want to be inundated with Prime Day sale ads.
But why is anyone focusing on an oh-boy-so-fun Amazon concert and letting them get positive press when the company continues to treat their warehouse workers like garbage? How is this ethical?
Amazon is the most valuable company in the world. Its CEO, Jeff Bezos, is the richest man in the world with a net worth of $63 billion. That is more money than anyone in their right mind would even know what to do with. And yet instead of using some of its profits to improve conditions for their warehouse workers, Amazon blows it on some concert nobody asked for in celebration of their stupid sale day. Right now, reporting on anything Amazon does in a positive light is absolutely unethical.
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John Oliver covered warehouse conditions at Amazon, and they are a travesty. Do not believe the argument that Amazon can't afford to fix their warehouse policies while still keeping prices low. They can. Do not believe Amazon higher-ups' claims that these conditions are false. They are true and well-sourced. Workers are tasked with high-labor, ten hour shifts for low pay and little-to-no health benefits. They're forced to work through injuries or risk losing their jobs. They've needed to pee in trashcans to increase productivity. It's time to unionize.
Amazon's statement with this concert could not be more clear. They are telling workers that they do not care about them in the slightest, that their money is better used paying for Taylor Swift than it is improving warehouse conditions. Do not let it stand. It's time to unionize.
Moreover, Amazon pays zero dollars in federal taxes. To clarify, a single mother supporting her child with multiple fast food jobs pays significantly more federal taxes than the most valuable company in the world. This is a travesty. Time to unionize.
Seriously. Workers of Amazon, free yourself from the shackles of Jeff Bezos' slavery. Stop living beneath the boot of an abusive mega-corporation. Band together and unionize.