Sen. Bernie Sanders—who is heading to Bessemer, Alabama on Friday to support Amazon warehouse workers organizing in the face of aggressive union-busting tactics—may have received an unexpected assist Wednesday when company\u0026nbsp;executive Dave Clark\u0026#039;s attempt to boast about Amazon\u0026#039;s allegedly \u0022progressive workplace\u0022 gave critics an opportunity to highlight the corporation\u0026#039;s exploitative practices.\u0022It\u0026#039;s the fight for $15 and a union movement. We won the first battle. The struggle for living wages, decent benefits, and safe working conditions continues.\u0022—Warren Gunnels\u0022All I want to know,\u0022 the Vermont Independent said Wednesday night, \u0022is why the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, is spending millions trying to prevent workers from organizing a union so they can negotiate for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.\u0022\u0026nbsp;Sanders was responding to Clark, who\u0026nbsp;tweeted: \u0022I welcome Sen. Sanders to Birmingham and appreciate his push for a progressive workplace,\u0022 adding sarcastically that \u0022I often say we are the Bernie Sanders of employers, but that\u0026#039;s not quite right because we actually deliver a progressive workplace for our constituents: a $15 minimum wage, healthcare from day one, career progression, and a safe and inclusive work environment.\u0022Within minutes, Clark was inundated with links to reporting that exposes Amazon\u0026#039;s utter failure to provide a safe and humane working environment.Sounds great man pic.twitter.com/2xSHj5LTGe— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) March 24, 2021This you https://t.co/b3L0ZIK7vO pic.twitter.com/GTz1zxNQbs— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) March 24, 2021What’s that you were saying about your “progressive” workplace? https://t.co/MWw3hIfhj7— Kim Kelly (@GrimKim) March 25, 2021\u0022You allowed 20,000 workers to contract Covid on your watch (at least!), covered it up, and then fired the employees who spoke out,\u0022 tweeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), sharing an analysis from\u0026nbsp;the Bezos-owned\u0026nbsp;Washington Post.\u0026nbsp;\u0022Maybe sit this one out,\u0022 she recommended.\u0026nbsp;Desperate to downplay the negative publicity, Amazon News tried to deflect attention from the reports of Amazon workers being forced to urinate in bottles on the job, making the claim—which was quickly ridiculed as outlandish—that \u0022if that were true, nobody would work for us.\u0022Right, because throughout history no one has ever put up with exploitation to put food on the table.— Bhaskar Sunkara (@sunraysunray) March 25, 2021As for Amazon\u0026#039;s $15 minimum wage, progressive critics reminded Clark that the company increased its wage floor not in an unprompted act of benevolence but rather in the wake of pressure from Sanders and other allies, including Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who co-sponsored the Stop Bezos Act.https://t.co/I7vUNg3Ga5 pic.twitter.com/eo58NjClxy— Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) March 24, 2021.@davehclark how ironic to now brag about paying $15 when we know Amazon did that in direct response to @BernieSanders and my Stop Bezos Act as Bezos himself suggested in a tweet. Not sure what’s more incompetent —your treatment of Alabama workers or your PR! https://t.co/PiRBT1b43o— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) March 25, 2021Regardless, critics added, a $15 minimum wage is an inadequate marker of a dignified job.\u0026nbsp;\u0022Paying workers $15 an hour doesn\u0026#039;t make you a \u0026#039;progressive workplace\u0026#039; when you union-bust and make workers urinate in water bottles,\u0022 tweeted Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and co-founder of the Labor Caucus.Warren Gunnels, Sanders\u0026#039; staff director, issued a reminder: \u0022It\u0026#039;s the fight for $15 and a union movement. We won the first battle. The struggle for living wages, decent benefits, and safe working conditions continues on at the Amazon plant in Bessemer, Alabama versus the wealthiest man alive, Jeff Bezos, who is worth $184 billion.\u0022Putting the focus back on the warehouse workers in Bessemer and their union drive, Sanders on Thursday morning said that he is \u0022proud to stand in solidarity with Amazon workers in Alabama who are fighting for better wages and better working conditions.\u0022I am proud to stand in solidarity with Amazon workers in Alabama who are fighting for better wages and better working conditions. If they win, they will improve the lives of workers at the warehouse in Alabama and all over this country. pic.twitter.com/w3luS3vjyP— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 25, 2021\u0022If they win,\u0022 Sanders noted, \u0022they will improve the lives of workers at the warehouse in Alabama and all over this country.\u0022Nearly 6,000 workers are currently in the midst of voting\u0026nbsp;on whether to join the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union. Mail-in ballots are due on March 29.