I think it is probably the only play that they have — to say this is not the reality. Because the reality is shameful and disgusting. — Celine McNicholas, Director of Government Affairs and Labor Counsel, Economic Policy Institute
I think it is probably the only play that they have — to say this is not the reality. Because the reality is shameful and disgusting. — Celine McNicholas, Director of Government Affairs and Labor Counsel, Economic Policy Institute
Amazon takes a page out of Trump's playbook, accusing critics of spreading 'alternative facts' and picking fights with politicians on Twitter
  • Amazon is taking a page out of Trump's public-relations playbook.
  • The company accused a union leader of taking "alternative facts to a whole new level" on Friday.
  • Amazon has slammed multiple progressive politicians on Twitter this week.
Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama are in the process of voting to join the RWDSU, or Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union. Amazon has been aggressively anti-union, while highlighting worker benefits such as its minimum wage of $15 per hour.

"Alternative facts" is a phrase made famous by Trump advisor Kellyanne Conaway in 2017, when she told "Meet the Press" that "Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts." Trump, meanwhile, is known for accusing critics of spreading "fake news."

Amazon has been following Trump's press strategy in other ways, by criticizing a number of progressive politicians on Twitter.


The company has been sparring with Sen. Elizabeth Warren for multiple days.

... Amazon also picked a fight with Sen. Bernie Sanders, which culminated with Dave Clark, who serves as CEO of worldwide consumer at Amazon, tweeting that Sanders should "save his finger wagging lecture until after he actually delivers in his own backyard."

In a third Twitter spat, Amazon faced off against Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan. Pocan had tweeted: "Paying workers $15/hr doesn't make you a 'progressive workplace' when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles."

"You don't really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us," Amazon replied.

Eight Amazon drivers told Insider this week that they had peed in bottles while delivering packages, due to the company's strict time limits. Some drivers said they had additionally pooped in bags, while one said she struggled to find time or space to change her menstrual pads while working.

Amazon did not respond to multiple request for comment on workers urinating in bottles, which drivers described as a common practice. The company declined to comment on its criticism of politicians on Twitter or its use of the phrase "alternative facts" in a statement, beyond correcting the representative's name.

Celine McNicholas, the director of government affairs at the Economic Policy Institute, told Insider that Amazon likely denied the "pee bottle thing" in an effort to be seen as a progressive employer amid the Alabama union drive.

"I think it is probably the only play that they have — to say this is not the reality," McNicholas said. "Because the reality is shameful and disgusting."
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