The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Amazon Workers and Food Insecurity

May 20, 2024

About one third of Amazon workers in a national study reported using government funded programs—primarily food stamps or Medicaid—in the last three months. This study, funded by Oxfam, the Ford Foundation and The National Employment Law Project, obtained responses from Amazon workers in 42 states. Half of warehouse workers who responded said they struggle to afford enough food or a place to live. Most reported wages between 16 to 20 dollars an hour.

Those most likely to report having trouble paying their bills were those taking unpaid time off work due to getting hurt on the job.

Amazon is the second-largest private employer in the U.S. behind Walmart. Researchers found that about 29% of warehouse industry workers are employed by Amazon.

On April 30, Amazon reported record-breaking first quarter profits of 10.4 billion dollars. The company has the equivalent of 73 billion dollars in cash on-hand. The money is there for all Amazon workers to live decently!