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ICYMI: Amazon’s Abusive Practices Put Profits Above Workers. It Has to Stop

Dec 29, 2021 | Press Releases

Amazon’s Abusive Practices Put Profits Above Workers. It Has to Stop
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
December 28, 2021
Amazon’s appalling management practices were thrust into the spotlight again during the tornados that swept through the Midwest earlier this month. …
Some of these stories sound like they are from the 19th century. They bring back bad memories of a time when there was no accountability and crony businessmen could get away with horrendous treatment of workers. …
With enormous resources at its disposal, Amazon should be a shining model of humane labor practices for other corporations to imitate. Instead, it’s a prime example of everything that’s wrong with free market fundamentalism: the prioritization of efficiency over people and of profits over community.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in Amazon’s sickening relationship with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). While the company paints itself as a woke human rights champion, it simultaneously markets texts covering up the genocide of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang and actively censors criticism of Chinese propaganda.
Given Amazon’s mistreatment of workers here in America, it should come as no surprise that it actively collaborates with a genocidal regime in exchange for market access and profits. But it’s disgusting nonetheless.
Amazon must not be able to get away with immoral mismanagement and blatant hypocrisy any longer. Department of Labor officials can and should investigate and, if necessary, crack down on the company’s inhumane and potentially illegal labor practices. That is exactly what Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and I recently urged them to do.
And we must no longer tolerate nationless entities that aid and abet hostile regimes. If Amazon wants to headquarter in the U.S. and benefit from the protection of the U.S. government, it should not be allowed to work at the beck and call of the Chinese Communist Party. When companies become propagandists for genocide in exchange for bigger profit margins, they undermine the national interest.
It’s time the American people were reminded that everyone is accountable to the law in this country, no matter how wealthy they are. This isn’t the 19th century anymore.

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