Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, made a call on Tuesday for a probe to be launched into e-retail giant Amazon after a report from The New York Times was published that says the company has mishandled workers’ benefits.
Rubio went on to say in a statement that President Joe Biden, along with the Department of Labor, should start looking into the world’s fifth largest company after it “seemed to acknowledge” it was shortchanging vulnerable workers who were on leave.
Workers for Amazon have been handed their pink slips due to errors with attendance software and ended up struggling to get back to work due to a backed-up and completely confusing human resource system, says the Times report.
“For too long, massive companies headquartered in America have taken advantage of our laws to the detriment of working men and women,” Rubio went on to say. “We cannot allow that to continue.”
He also referenced his own past issue with Amazon. In February, Rubio, and fellow Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Mike Braun, R-Ind., and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., wrote a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos complaining about censorship of conservative books.
“There are plenty of American businesses that are loyal to our country, respect their employees and want the best for their communities, but Amazon is not one of them,” Rubio then stated.
“The company has more than enough resources to be the country’s self-appointed woke censor — banning conservative books and blocking traditional charities from participating in its AmazonSmile program — but apparently not enough to properly administer benefits owed to its employees,” he continued.
“Amazon does not deserve the benefit of the doubt, which is why I am calling on President Biden to investigate these claims,” he added. “For too long, massive companies headquartered in America have taken advantage of our laws to the detriment of working men and women. We cannot allow that to continue.”
Rubio made similar arguments in a commentary, throwing his support behind a unionization movement at a Bessemer, Alabama, Amazon warehouse. That election is likely to be re-run after a local National Labor Relations Board officer determined Amazon had interfered in the vote by pushing for the installation of a mailbox in front of the building during the mail-in election, The Hill reported.
The Hill also pointed out that the Florida senator opposes the PRO Act, which is a considerable labor reform bill that has already passed the House and that supporters say would end up shifting the advantage during the NLRB elections away from employers to employees.