Billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has been hailed for donating US$33million of his fortune to a scholarship fund for Deferred Motion for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, while far more than 700 Amazon personnel have to depend on foodstamps to feed themselves.
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News outlets CNBC, Politico, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times published glowing reports on his philanthropic gesture benefitting immigrants, which comes on the heels of US President Donald Trump promising to revoke immigration safety for some 200,000 El Salvadorans dwelling in the United States and referring to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.”
But a latest research by Plan Matters Ohio indicates that more than 700 area Amazon employees – the bulk of Bezos’ staff members, who ensure goods are accurately sorted, packaged and dispatched – have to count on foodstamps to endure.
Amazon reportedly received more than $17million in tax breaks in Ohio to open its to start with two distribution facilities, in accordance to The Day-to-day Beast. This act of corporate welfare, which was recorded in 2015, was hailed by lawmakers as a job-creator.
Nevertheless the firm has also faced numerous lawsuits and problems. According to a report by The Morning Get in touch with, Amazon workforce in Allentown, Pennsylvania, labored in a warehouse where the heat index reached some 102 levels Farenheit. At least 15 collapsed from heat exhaustion.
“I never felt like passing out in a warehouse and I hardly ever felt treated like a piece of crap in any other warehouse but this one,” said Elmer Goris, who worked at the Lehigh Valley web-site.
A few plaintiffs sued Amazon in 2015, saying that the enterprise violated wage and hour policies in San Bernardino, California. Two many years afterwards, Amazon personnel in Sacramento said they were being denied extra time pay and relaxation breaks, according to Salon.
In the meantime, across the Atlantic, Amazon has been criticized in Scotland for not signing up to the government’s “honest get the job done” program, despite having gained far more than £5.3million (US$7.28million) of taxpayers’ dollars to support spur career growth.
Forbes lists Bezos’ prosperity at US$108billion, indicating his “philanthropic” donation to DACA recipients equates to approximately .03 p.c of his overall fortune.