Billionaires' Net Worth Rises During Pandemic As Millions Go Unemployed: Report
May 22, 2020 50 secs
billionaires’ wealth grew substantially over the last two months even as tens of millions of Americans lost their jobs, providing stark proof of the unequal impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the related economic crisis.

“While millions risk their lives and livelihoods as first responders and front line workers, these billionaires benefit from an economy and tax system that is wired to funnel wealth to the top,” Chuck Collins, co-author of the report and director of the institute’s program on inequality, said in a release.

Meanwhile, the company’s warehouse and delivery employees — considered “essential” workers and continuing to show up to fulfill said orders — have been demanding stronger protection amid the pandemic, including better hazard pay and paid sick leave.

Amazon told HuffPost in a statement Friday that the company’s “top concern is ensuring the health and safety of our employees,” pointing to safety measures it has implemented amid the pandemic, including providing masks and hand sanitizer to workers and $2 per hour hazard pay?


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