Cities have been desperately trying to attract Amazon’s second North American headquarters — but some groups want to know exactly what kind of jobs “HQ2” will bring.
On Tuesday, 73 civic groups, including unions , nonprofits, religious organizations, and political parties mailed an open letterto Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with a list of “expectations” for the company.
“We love tasks, we love technology, and we adoration convenience–but what you’re go looking for will impact every part of our cities, ” the letter reads. “We built these cities, and we want to make sure they are still ours.”
They listed safe and stable chores, full payment of property taxes, and clarity considering operations and labor law compliance as their main concerns.
Amazon has a history of supplanting stable undertakings with chores that are unsafe and only part-time, claims Sarita Gupta, executive director of Jobs With Justice, a union rights organization that signed the letter.
“The dirty secret behind Amazon’s expensive growth is that as it dislocates sales at other businesses, it destroys more occupations than it creates, ” she said. “There’s no excuse for using taxpayer funds to roll out the red carpet for a corporation that benefits from killing jobs or creating unsustainable ones.”
Additionally, some organizations worry that state governments, eager to please Amazon, will enable the corporation excess tax breaks and loopholes.
New Jersey Policy Perspective, another signatory, wants to push Amazon to pay its fair share to the community it enters.
“We hope that Amazon and Jeff Bezos is understood that, in order to succeed in the long run, they need sound public investments–like efficient and affordable public transit, or new affordable homes–much more than there is a requirement to low costs, huge tax breaks, and fractured communities, ” an NJPP spokesperson told Mashable .
“Amazon has a golden possibility right now to reduce health inequalities gap”
“We hope that the company recognise the connection between these two poles — that “the worlds biggest” the tax breaks, the less fund there is for critical public investments.”
A Good Jobs First tracker found that Amazon has received nearly $1.2 billion in subsidies since 2000.
But the letter shouldn’t be seen as a move to reproach Amazon. In fact, some signatories believe it’s the opposite: a signal of good things to come.
“Amazon has a golden possibility right now to reduce the inequality gap, ” said Nikki Fortunato Bas, executive director of the Partnership for Working Families, a signatory.
HQ2 could destroy or revitalize the city it chooses, and citizens are stimulating clear that they’ll simply accept the latter.
“Cities have a responsibility to demand more from mega-developers, ” Bas said. “Our neighborhoods should choose our future.”