10% of Amazon workers in Ohio are on food stamps

On January 9, 2018, CNBC reports that Jeff Bezos (né Jorgensen) — founder/chairman/CEO of Amazon and the owner of Washington Post — surpassed Microsoft mogul Bill Gates to become the world’s richest man, with $105.1 billion in wealth.
Gates, once the world’s richest man, is now worth “only” $93.3 billion.
17 days later, propelled by the launch of Amazon Go, Bezos’ net worth increased another $2.8 billion to a total of $107.9 billion. (CNBC)

So it’s a downright disgrace that 10% of Amazon’s workers in Ohio are on food stamps (SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) — the working poor in America. Amazon is one of the largest employers in Ohio, with more than 6,000 workers and thousands more to be added soon at three new big warehouses.
But Amazon is also one of the largest employers in Ohio of workers who need food assistance to get by.
A study by the think tank Policy Matters Ohio found that according to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, as of last August, as many as 10% or 1,430 Amazon employees or family members in Ohio were getting food stamps. That places Amazon 19th among all Ohio employers in the number of employees receiving SNAP. Just months before, Amazon didn’t even rank in the top 50.
The Amazon employees on food stamps include both full- and part-time workers, but it is likely mostly part-time workers require food assistance. Amazon operates data centers, wind farms, and Whole Foods outlets in Ohio, but the largest number of employees are at two big warehouses near Columbus.
While more than one in every ten Amazon employee in Ohio are on food stamps,  Amazon gets millions of dollars in state and local subsidies at its warehouses, including (Bloomberg Businessweek):

  • $17 million in tax incentives from the state of Ohio,and over $1.5 million in cash from JobsOhio, the state’s private economic development agency, as part of a two-warehouse deal — all funded with income from the state’s liquor monopoly.
  • At least $123 million in tax breaks and $2.9 million in cash grants in four deals with JobsOhio since 2014.
  • A 15-year exemption on state and local property and sales taxes, and $1.4 million in cash, in a 2014 deal with JobsOhio for Amazon spending $1.1 billion to build three data centers and a promise of 120 jobs.
  • No property taxes to Licking County for 15 years, a deal that Amazon negotiated in 2015 with local officials and JobsOhio.

At the same time, Amazon‘s new facilities in Ohio, totaling almost a million square feet, make use of public services like the fire department and emergency responders. At least once a day, a medical unit from West Licking Fire Station 3 makes a run to the Amazon warehouse 3.1 miles away, in the township of Etna, about 20 miles east of Columbus. Steve Little, the fire district administrator, said the calls for routine medical issues that occur in grueling warehouse jobs come at all hours, including shortness of breath, chest pains, and myriad minor injuries. During the busy holiday season, the warehouse sometimes issues multiple emergency calls a day. Little said, “We have to protect, but we get no extra money. We have no voice in these deals, and we get no cash. Our residents are being forced to pay instead.” In November 2017, voters in Little’s district were asked to approve a five-year, $6.5 million property tax levy to keep the fire department operating.
The deals Ohio made with Amazon create surprisingly few jobs. Ohio’s Republican state auditor David Yost says: “$123 million is a lot of money, and you ought to get a lot for that. It’s really hard to know how much the state of Ohio paid per [Amazon] job.”
Ohio’s job-growth rate has trailed the U.S. average for 57 consecutive months; in August it was an anemic 1.1%, compared with the 1.5% national rate. In 2013, Yost threatened to compel JobsOhio to be more transparent by showing him more numbers. So Governor John Kasich pushed a bill through the state legislature stripping public officials of the right to audit JobsOhio’s books. A private auditor now conducts an annual review, which is partly redacted before publication.
I thank God John Kasich didn’t win the GOP primaries and wasn’t elected POTUS.
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Gary Jones
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Elite bankers are the world’s richest people. They’re simply invisible to
the mainstream media.

Tim Shey
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I used to like John Kasich, but I heard he took money from George Soros for his presidential campaign.

Pat Riot
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Pat Riot

Wow! Suddenly I just felt noxious and like throwing up, knowing this, and the fact that I use Amazon quite a bit. The more money some people have, the stingier they are and the less willing to share and help others. Amazon warehouse staff work like dogs, as far as I know; adequate pay would be more than fair. But then again, if Mr. B owns the WaPo, better not hold one’s breath waiting for anything good to come from him. Heartbreaking.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Pat Riot . . . . I could not agree more, those who acquire money, sometimes are just not satisfied–they just need to crush all around them in their quest to garner all the wealth for themselves. I just don’t understand when some one has acquired more than enough to life very well . . . why would you want to be a tyrant and actually take from those who are not in a position to throw off your yoke. This is absurd that the State of Ohio has offered Bezos all these practically open ended deals where he does… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt
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Lophatt

They can always get a job here”comment image

Lophatt
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Lophatt

In case you think I made this up, I didn’t. It’s for real.

chemtrailssuck
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I use duckduckgo.com if that makes any difference…..

Disgusted
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Disgusted

After watching some videos of how Amazon treats its workers, I drastically reduced buying from Amazon. I’ll still use their reviews, although even those have become polluted with shills who often receive free products for their “unbiased” reviews (Amazon Vines program)
Here’s the video. It was a very popular BBC special, witha person going undercover as an Amazon worker.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQATFbLvIHk
They work people to death and burn them out. Never a problem as peoe n3ed jobs so there are always replacements.
Dr. Evil is now worth $120B thanks to these tactics… and our using his company.

Disgusted
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Disgusted

Oh yes, here is a site which automatically evaluates Amazon reviews, and finds which ones have a lot of fake reviews:
http://www.fakespot.com
Amazon allows fake reviews, as more positive reviews sell more product. No integrity, really.

chemtrailssuck
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If it’s book reviews you want, look at goodreads.com instead. I don’t think amazon bought them yet.

chemtrailssuck
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Oh, amazon also will delete some bad reviews, I think Dr. E mentioned that Amazon was deleting all one star reviews of Hellery Clinton’s one book.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Disgusted . . . . Oh! My Heavens, watching that film just makes one feel ill. I don’t know what can be done in Great Britain, but here in the United States, OSHA should be brought in to monitor this monstrosity. This is just inhumane that workers should be called upon to work in the pitch dark, and travel miles and miles, all the while being “timed” by a hand held computer. There is little wonder why Bezos is so wealthy . . . he is extracting the life’s blood from his employees, and does not care if they suffer… Read more »

Disgusted
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Disgusted

He’s buying influence in Washington, and his Post is doing everything possible to destroy Trump. That alone is why I eschew buying from Amazon.
Brilliant guy, but has Napoleon syndrome:comment image
Less likable than Blofeld in You Only Live Twice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ay2sO6tWbE
(Donald Pleasance was a great actor, btw)

Dan
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Dan

Brilliant guy with Napoleon syndrome? Business Insider has a bullet point deification of this freak—did you ever hear him laugh?—that’s as full of the impossible life-story transitions, the laughable, almost side-by-side inconsistencies about working from a garage while hobnobbing with the purveyors of dark money, etc., that we’ve come to expect about these new tech mandarins. One thing that isn’t fake about this evil little bastard, making him far worse than any Napoleon, is his New Age gnostic belief that he and other freaks like Gates are a super race who’ll now direct human evolution by remaking humanity into a… Read more »

chemtrailssuck
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I’m not buying anything from Amazon again, you can go to barnes and noble, half price books and others instead.
It’s like Walmart, they’re allowed to grow to a behemoth size to put everyone else out of business. What better way to destroy others than have everything tied up with a du-opoly. It creates a potential for great instability.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Left/liberals, about “evil capitalists,” they doeth project much…

Disgusted
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Disgusted

Capitalism can coexist quite well with fulfilling work. People treated well take pride in work, and produce good product. If one works in big dehumanized companies and small, agile outfits, the contrast is stark. Unions were developed in response to bad working conditions. They got overrun by communists and swung the pendulum way too far, wrecking companies and helping to drive business overseas (along with political taxation). There is blame in both labor & management. A balance can be achieved, and high-quality product often comes from those factories.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Progressives never get that; they think political correctness and, presto, Utopia.

cogitoergosumantra
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Pray Governor Kasich never gets elected again. To anything. He’s an idiot.

cogitoergosumantra
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Also, I haven’t bought anything from amazon in 15-20y. Even then, it was only a few audio CDs I bought there. Older stuff I couldn’t find elsewhere. I find uber-capitalists repulsive. They take from the middle class to give to others, not to pay it back or improve the community from whence it came. Such as Bill Gates making $85BILLION in his 25y at the head of MS, charging folks like me in computers upwards of $200 per system for his OS (which he did not write), twice that for the yearly Office Suite (required back in the day in… Read more »

cogitoergosumantra
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As for Amazon, they’re set to put more American businesses out of business than WalMart was ever feared to have endangered, and not just the Mom & Pop shops. Does Bezos really need to make so much profit for himself, or to work his employees to the bone in order to do so? I think it’s literally immoral.

chemtrailssuck
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He’s got all that money, and yet he’s STILL bald. ;O

Glenn47
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Glenn47

Dispicable behavior to employees from a man with so much. When all this started coming out and I realize the power of property grab going on. I cancelled my Amazon Prime and decided to shop smaller and local stores,and things are going smoothly. He is working hard to destroy this country with his greed.
Is anyone aware of, if any, philanthropic good he has done?
Meanwhile I am continuing my one person crusade of blacklisting shopping from any of his businesses.

chemtrailssuck
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Not only that, but you absolutely cannot order via check with Amazon. And that is important.

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

Not to defend amazon but really. How many of these people are on assistance because of their own bad choices. There’s always somebody that truely needs a helping hand. But for the life of me I can’t find it in the constitution that the government should be adminsering relief. That being said. I look for ways to help lift the burden on the needy. Voluenteering, donating to legitimate charities, etc. and I highly reccomend it. But don’t reinforce bad choices.

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

Caveat Emptor – You get what you pay for. If you don’t put a face on how things get to you it’s easy not to think that there are actually people involved. If you don’t buy from amazon then you’re not helping bezos get rich. buit if you put amazon out of business (which no outside force other than God can do) then all of those employees would be out of work also. We could always have government step in and fix it. Ba-Ha-Ha-hHa. Businesses come and go, many go as or more quickly than they came. Look what’s happened… Read more »

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