The Senate held a hearing this week focused on Amazon and Big Tech’s role in driving up consumer costs. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who led the hearing, says supply chain issues alone do not give the full picture of the current price surge, blaming corporate anti-competitive practices. Amazon worker Courtenay Brown testified about the horrendous worker conditions at her New Jersey warehouse.
Courtenay Brown: “Amazon’s multibillion-dollar wealth is made possible by offering same-day delivery, anywhere from same-day delivery to two-day delivery. And the corporation has achieved this speed and scale through their sheer brutality, watching, timing and punishing associates like me and my co-workers. … We are living in a country where machines are getting better treatment than people. The machines at my facility undergo routine maintenance checks to ensure that they don’t burn out.”