Urinating in bottles, stopwatch-timed productivity, and a culture that shames taking breaks—this hellish landscape in which Amazon warehouse employees work is the ugly price of two-day shipping. On top of that, many of these warehouse workers are paid below a living wage; they rely on government assistance programs like welfare and food stamps to make ends meet.

Bernie Sanders, the independent senior senator from Vermont, is trying to fix this issue. Named after the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, the “Stop BEZOS Act” taxes corporations the cost of public assistance programs for each of their employees. The act aims to shift the economic strain of supporting lower-income employees from the government to corporations.

Bezos has decided to take action in response to the bill. In what seemed like a win for minimum wage workers across the nation, Amazon announced that it would be standardizing a fifteen-dollar minimum wage this month. Amazon was the first major company to take this step, and Sanders praised the hallmark decision as a “shot heard around the world.” Yet, at the end of the day, Amazon’s simultaneous cuts to employee benefits, such as stock options and incentive pay, shows how government-mandated living wages will not help employees in the long run.

Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) and Variable Compensation Pay (VCP) are two such compensation programs Amazon has scheduled for removal. The RSU program, after an initial two-year period, provides warehouse workers with two to three Amazon shares each year. Just last month, each share was valued at an upwards of $2039/share. In conjunction, the VCP program allows employees to earn an additional 8% of their monthly income (16% in busy November and December) by meeting set production goals. This benefit nets approximately $2,400 each year. Although the new minimum wage will certainly raise hourly salaries by a few dollars overall, Amazon warehouse workers may not even come close to their previous earning thresholds.

Whereas compensation programs like the RSU and VCP are intended to “motivate and retain employees of the highest caliber,” the recent wage reform encourages “immediate and predictable” compensation over an incentive-based rewards system. This shift promotes a higher employee turnover rate: the raised minimum wage attracts new employees to the detriment of its benefit-earning veterans. As seen in this case with Amazon, when enacting governmental policies like a living wage, corporations will merely reallocate costs back to their workers. Sanders’s progressive “Stop BEZOS Act,” which intended to redistribute wealth from the top billionaires to the middle-lower classes, has instead marginalized the very working class that it sought to restabilize.

Although it is easy to feel discouraged by and cynical due to the behavior of Amazon, it is also important to recognize that these corporations make up the very foundation of the American economy. Thus, it is the responsibility of both the government and the people to move forward toward a mutual solution between big corporations and the common man.