I was pretty jazzed when I read that Amazon was giving all its workers big raises, at least all those in the U.S. and the U.K., even part time and seasonal employees. “Damn,” I thought, “Bernie can make things happen even without being president. The man is a miracle worker.”
Then I started seeing a lot of bitching in the comments sections, like ‘why should we applaud Jeff Bezos for finally doing the bare minimum’ and ‘he probably won’t do anything to change working conditions’ or ‘ONLY $15. He’s worth over $100 billion’ and I thought, dang, there’s just no pleasing some people. This is because I frequent lots of left wing sites, so as left wing as some of my friends think I am, there I am among people who are further left, and angrier, than I.
Then I started seeing something a bit more disturbing. Amazon employees (possibly right wing trolls posing as Amazon employees, but I don’t think so – they could spell) talking about how it wasn’t entirely a good deal, since some bonuses and stock options had been cut. My original thought about that was “The people in the warehouses were getting stock?” Maybe they didn’t have it as bad as I thought they did. Hey, can’t afford rent but I’ve got stock.
Anyway, I don’t know how it all breaks down, but I’m guessing not everybody’s as happy with it as everybody else, and certainly Bezos is doing it partly for public relations (which part I’m O.K. with), and maybe he’s taking back with the left hand what was given with the right (which is very uncool, however much of it is true).
But, seems to me, it’s exactly what was being asked for. $15 an hour. And that’s kind of a big deal.