Jeff Bezos Under Fire because “Not Fair” to Socialist Employees

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

If Bezos had invested in a conservative website instead of a dying liberal rag he wouldn’t be attacked by ingrates.

Jeff Bezos totally deserves this because he has encouraged the entitlement mentality and liberal politics all his professional life. But the Washington Post employees are whining about non-issues. They complain about lack of “fairness,” even while admitting they already got benefits they asked for. The problem is that you can NEVER satisfy this mindset. The demands for more keep coming.

They say that they should share in Bezos’ “success.” But that’s the problem: They already have! They were paid and received benefits before the WaPo allegedly met any of its goals. Bezos took a risk. If he had lost money the employees would not have been obligated to return their wages. That’s how the system works: the rich gamble their money in the hope of a reward but we get paid by them and don’t risk anything except the need to find a new job if the venture fails.

The Daily Mail reports, “Hundreds of Washington Post employees sign petition slamming billionaire owner Jeff Bezos’ ‘shocking pay practices’, asking for ‘fair wages’ and urging him to ‘share the wealth.’

More than 400 employees of The Washington Post have signed on to a public letter to owner Jeff Bezos asking him to remedy working conditions at the newspaper, after more than a year of unsuccessful negotiation with upper management.

‘All we are asking for is fairness for each and every employee who contributed to this company’s success: fair wages; fair benefits for retirement, family leave and health care; and a fair amount of job security,’ the petition read.

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The petition was shared on Twitter by the Post Guild on Thursday, which was one day after Bezos tweeted about Thursday being the one year anniversary of him asking his social media following for ideas for philanthropy.

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‘More than one year ago, the Guild’s bargaining committee entered into negotiations with the Post, hoping to achieve some of the benefits for our members and share in the success that we’ve had for the past year,’ Freddy Kunkle, Metro reporter and co-chair of the Guild at the Washington Post, said in the video.

The petition noted that within the last year,’the Post has doubled the number of digital subscriptions and increased its online traffic by more than half,’ along with meeting or exceeding its advertising team’s targets.

But the Post’s employees say they haven’t reaped the benefits of this progres.

‘What we’ve found instead is a profound unwillingness by the Post’s top management to meet us halfway on a lot of the issues that are important to us,’ Kunkle said.

The video first highlighted what members of the Washington Post’s union had been successful in achieving over the past year.

‘We’ve won the right to ask for a pay review based on the possibility of gender or minority-based pay disparity, and we’ve also won the right to have spouses who both work at the Post take paid family leave.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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