And today we're going to be talking about what it means morally and economically.
When one person in this country, the wealthiest person in the world, Jeff Bezos has become $77 billion richer during this horrific pandemic While denying hundreds of 1000s of workers who work at Amazon paid sick leave, and hazard pay.
As you may know, I asked Mr Bezos to testify at this hearing.
He declined my invitation and that's too bad.
Because if he was with us this morning, I would ask him the following question.
And that is Mr. Bezos, you are worth $182 billion.
That's a b 180 2 billion you're the wealthiest person in the world.
Why are you doing everything in your power to stop your workers in Bessemer, Alabama, from joining the union so that they can negotiate for better wages, better benefits and better working conditions?
Well, Mr. Bezos could would not be with us today to answer those questions.
We are gonna hear from Jennifer Bates, an Amazon worker in Bessemer, Alabama, who will tell us what it's like to work for one of the most profitable corporations in America and why she and her Coworkers are trying to form a union now.
All around the planet, Amazon had put up anti union signs and messages.
They sent messages to workers phones.
They even had signs posted in the bathroom stalls.
No place was off limits, no place seems safe.
Despite all that, or maybe because of it, we continue to organize and build support for the Union.
We do it because we hope with the union we will finally have a level playing field.
We hope we will be able to talk to someone at HR without being dismissed.
We hope that we will be able to rest more.
That there will be changed in the facility to make some of the stress of our bodies.
We're hoping we get a living wage, not just Amazon's minimum wage, and be able to provide, better for our families.
We hope that they will start, to hear us and see us and treat us like human beings.
It's frustrating that all we want is to make Amazon a better place to work.
Yet Amazon is acting like they are under attack.
Maybe if they spent less time and money trying to stop the union, they would hear what we are saying.
And maybe they will create a company.
That's as good for workers and our community as it is for the shareholders and executives.
Thank you for giving me the time to share my story.