Bernie Sanders’s “Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act” would ensure that companies like Amazon pay their workers fairly, argues James Bloodworth in The Guardian. He is targeting corporations whose employees rely on food stamps, given that the government effectively makes up for the company’s low salaries. The online retail giant’s business model is built on paying employees as little as possible while imposing incredibly tough working conditions. Employees are reprimanded for wasting time when going to the toilet or talking to colleagues. Amazon needs to change its company culture and Sanders’s proposal is a good first step.
The “Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act” proposed by Bernie Sanders would actually harm workers’ interests, writes Ryan Bourne for USA Today. His desire to raise workers’ pay will simply make them too expensive to employ, leaving them without any job. In the current system, employees are paid as much as they are worth. Sanders’s desire to make companies shell out for the health care costs of their workers would make them cut off many potential employees with medical conditions. Businesses would be drawn towards hiring mostly young men, leaving out whole groups of people that rely on the likes of Amazon for employment.