(Common Dreams) -- Amazon CEO, Washington Post owner, and world's richest man Jeff Bezos is notorious for raking in enormous profits on the back of his overstrained and dramatically undercompensated workforce—all the while doing everything he can to avoid paying taxes.
In an open letter to Bezos on Thursday, around 400 unionized Washington Post staffers called out their boss's "unfair and even shocking" refusal to pay the newspaper's employees a decent wage, a practice that Bezos has institutionalized at Amazon warehouses throughout the U.S. and around the world.
"All we are asking for is fairness for each and every employee who contributed to this company's success: fair wages; fair benefits for retirement, family leave and healthcare; and a fair amount of job security," wrote the Post employees, who are in the middle of heated union contract negotiations with Bezos.
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The open letter comes just days after the Bezos-led Amazon successfully pressured Seattle lawmakers to scrap a modest corporate tax aimed at addressing the city's worsening homelessness crisis.