1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I) Vermont:
"It is no secret that I have been a harsh critic of the wage and employment practices of Amazon and its owner Jeff Bezos. It has been my view that the middle class and working families of this country should not have to subsidize Mr. Bezos, the wealthiest person on earth because the wages he has paid his employees are so low that many of them are forced to go on food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing and other governmental programs.Today, I want to give credit where credit is due. And I want to congratulate Mr. Bezos for doing exactly the right thing."
Robbinsville, New Jersey - 27 November 2017
2. Various of workers at Amazon distribution center (PARTIALLY COVERS PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE)
Washington - 2 October 2018
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I) Vermont:
"Mr. Bezos has indicated his support for raising the national minimum wage. And as someone who has introduced a 15 dollar an hour federal minimum wage I very much look forward to working with him in this area. Let me take this opportunity to thank the many hundreds of Amazon workers who contacted our office talking about the wages and working conditions that they were employed under."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I) Vermont:
"Mr. Bezos and Amazon are now leading the way. But there is absolutely now no reason why other profitable corporations like WalMart, like the fast food industry, like retail in general and other employer and other employees, no reason now why they also should not be paying their employees at least 15 dollars an hour. Bottom line is that in the richest country in the history of the world we are seeing massive levels of income and wealth inequality. That in this country our standard should be that if you work 40 hours a week you should not be living in poverty."
Monee, Illinois - 29 March 2018
5. Various of workers at Amazon Fulfillment center (PARTIALLY COVERS PREVIOUS SOUNDBITE)