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More Than 10% of Ohio Amazon Workers Get Food Stamps

January 15, 2018

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

COLUMBUS, Ohio—With the aid of some $100 million in tax breaks, Amazon has created about 6,000 jobs in Ohio in the past three years—but more than 10%

So, that’s why Jeff Bezos has more money than God.

of those workers are getting food stamps, according to a report released Jan. 5 by Policy Matters Ohio. The group said 1,430 Amazon workers and family members were receiving the benefits as of August, estimating that those households included about 700 workers, more than 10 percent of the company’s Ohio workforce. “We’ve appreciated having more employment, but maybe we should be focusing economic development dollars on good jobs,” Zach Schiller, Policy Matters’ research director, told the Associated Press. “It’s pretty clear that a lot of these jobs are not good jobs.” Amazon, which has opened two distribution centers and three data centers in Ohio in the past three years, has said that full-time employees at its warehouses receive competitive wages. The maximum income for a family of three on food stamps is $26,208 a year, about $12.60 an hour for someone working full-time. Walmart, which has 50,000 workers in Ohio, is both the state’s largest private employer and the one with the most employees getting food stamps.

Read more: http://www.record-courier.com/news/20180106/amazon-makes-ohio-list-of-companies-with-workers-receiving-food-stamps?start=9

January 15, 2018

ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “More Than 10% of Ohio Amazon Workers Get Food Stamps”

  1. M. says:

    EMPLOYMENT PROCESS: (unskilled labor @Amazon facilities)
    1- Apply on-line ( there is NO interview)
    2- Job fair invitation ( based on #1)
    3- Orientation ( at job fair site)
    4- Training (1 day at facility)
    1- Each interface- an encounter with the face of Amazon from the inside: RUDE! The company repeatedly mentions ” family”; however, representatives respond to you as if you are an “immigrant in 2018″…
    2- You are hired for 4 hour shifts, Amazon may TAKE an hour or ADD- you are at their disposal.
    3- “Benefits”- FT only ( a status particular)

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