Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared war on Amazon this summer, posting scathing tweets and videos that painted a picture of a company that underpays its employees and even treats them as slaves.
However, with Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos announcing that a $15 an hour minimum wage would go into effect for all employees starting next month, Sanders was quick to sing praises for the company.
I want to congratulate Jeff Bezos for doing exactly the right thing by raising the minimum wage at Amazon and Whole Foods to $15 an hour.
Let me thank the hundreds of Amazon workers who contacted my office and the Fight for $15 movement, which has been leading this effort.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) October 2, 2018
Sanders also tweeted:
“What Mr. Bezos has done today is not only enormously important for Amazon’s hundreds of thousands of employees, it could well be a shot heard around the world. I urge corporate leaders around the country to follow Mr. Bezos’ lead.”
According to the Associated Press, the announcement comes just as the company is planning to hire 100,000 workers for the holiday season.
Sanders thanked Bezos for showing support for raising the national minimum wage. He also thanked the “many of hundreds” of Amazon employees that reached out to his office, as well as activists with the Fight for Fifteen movement.
“What Mr. Bezos today has done is not only enormously important for Amazons hundreds of thousands of employees, it could well be, and I think it will be, a shot heard around the world,” Sanders said on Tuesday.
“Mr. Bezos and Amazon are now leading the way, but there is absolutely now no reason why other profitable corporations like Walmart like the fat food industry, like retail in general and other employers, no reason now why they also should also not be paying their employees $15 per hour.”
Watch Sanders’ remarks on Amazon here:
Sanders said the minimum wage also applies to employees at Whole Foods and applies to part time and temporary workers.