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Amazon workers plan strike during Prime sales event


>>THAT’S WHY I MEAN BENEFITING THE HAVES. JON: RIGHT, ABSOLUTELY. MARIA: BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS, THEY ARE GOING TO STRIKE FOR 6 HOURS DURING TECH-GIANT’S PRIME SALE EVENT, AMAZON RESPONDING THIS MORNING, SAYS THIS, WE ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO COMPARE OUR PAID BENEFITS AND WORK PLACE TO OTHER RETAILERS AND MAJOR EMPLOYERS IN THE COMMUNITY AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND SEE FOR THEMSELVES BY TAKING TOUR OF THE FACILITY. YOUR REACTION TO THIS, LOOK, JUST THE OTHER DAY ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, WHAT DID SHE SAY, AMAZON PAYS STARVATION WAGES. [LAUGHTER] DAGEN: I WILL SAY THIS, AMAZON IS NOW THE GREAT WHITE WHALE, USED TO BE WAL-MART BUT NOW IT’S AMAZON IN TERMS OF THE UNIONS TURNING THEIR FOCUS TO AMAZON TO TRY AND UNIONIZE THE WORKFORCE THERE, SO THEY USE TACTICS LIKE THIS AND THEY ALSO USE LANGUAGE LIKE WHAT YOU HEARD FROM ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ WHICH, BY THE WAY, YOUR OWN CITY WOULD HAVE BENEFITED GREATLY FROM THE TAX REVENUE FROM AMAZON AND THE JOBS THAT THAT COMPANY WOULD HAVE BROUGHT IN. MARIA: SHE REALLY BLEW THAT ONE. DAGEN: USING LANGUAGE TO COVER-UP HORRIBLE MISTAKE AND HELPING DRIVE AMAZON AT LEAST THE SECOND HEADQUARTERS OUT OF NEW YORK. JON: I WOULD SAY AS FAR AS THIS TRYING GOES, I WOULD SAY THIS IS A SIGN OF A STRONG ECONOMY AND THAT’S GOOD NEWS, RIGHT, BECAUSE WORKERS IN A REALLY WEAK ECONOMY AREN’T GOING TO GO OUT AND STRIKE AND, YOU KNOW, PUT THEMSELVES IN A POSITION WHERE THEY COULD LOSE THEIR JOBS, THIS IS A SIGN THAT ONCE, AGAIN, THE ECONOMY IS STRONG, UNEMPLOYMENT IS LOW AND WORKERS ARE EMBOLDENED TO SAY WE WANT MORE.>>I CAN TELL YOU THAT PEOPLE IN VIRGINIA WOULD BE HAPPY TO HAVE A FACILITY FROM AMAZON IN THAT PART OF THE COUNTRY WHICH IS STILL — STILL JUST QUITE FRANKLY PART OF A WASTE LAND LEFT OVER FROM ALL JOBS SHIFT OVERSEAS WHEN THE MANUFACTURING AND FURNITURE MANUFACTURING BECAUSE OF THE BAD TRADE DEALS.>>THIS IS A REALLY GOOD POINT THAT YOU MAKE, DAGEN, IT’S NOT JUST THE COMPANY SETS UP IN NEW YORK OR VIRGINIA, WHATEVER IT IS, IT’S WHAT IT DOES TO THE COMMUNITY, HAVING A BIG NEW SHINY COMMUNITY CLEANS UP STREETS, LIGHTS ON THE STREETS, CREATES MORE ACTIVITY. JON: NOT NEARLY AS MANY AMAZON JOBS IN WAREHOUSES AS THEY WERE IN FACTORY OR FURNITURE FACTORY, IT HELPS COMMUNITIES A LOT BUT DOESN’T TAKE AWAY FROM LIKE YOU SAY THE WASTE LAND, EVERYTHING THAT WAS LOST FROM FACTORIES.>>DAGEN: MANY AMERICANS WERE HOOD-WINKED BY POLITICIANS WHO LET JOBS SHIFT OVERSEAS, SHIP JOBS TO CHINA TO SHINE UP FINANCIALS AND THIS PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY TRADED GREAT-PAYING JOB, MIDDLE-CLASS LIFE WITH PENSION AND SAFETY NET FOR CRAP SOLD BY WAL-MART AND COSCO AND SAM’S CLUB, PLASTIC GARBAGE IN FRONT OF THEIR FRONT YARDS AND NOW LOOKS LIKE IT’S CHANGING. JON: BOTH SIDES.

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