Amazon raises minimum wage for United States and UK employees

Amazon raises minimum wage for United States and UK employees

Amazon raises minimum wage for United States and UK employees

Amazon said the new minimum wage would affect more than 250,000 workers, plus the more than 100,000 seasonal employees it will hire for the holiday rush this year.

Amazon also is encouraging other large U.S. employers to follow its lead and said it would lobby USA lawmakers for an increase in the federal minimum wage, now at only $7.25. Amazon executives also said they would push for a raise of the federal minimum wage. Last month, Sanders introduced the Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act, or Stop BEZOS, which would levy a tax on large companies equal to the value of the public benefits that their workers receive.

Amazon opened a 2.4-million-square-foot warehouse south of Orlando International Airport in August and has been furiously hiring workers to get to its 1,500 employee goal.

Beyond being "enormously important for Amazon's hundreds and thousands of workers", the company is leading the way for other profitable corporations in the retail and fast-food sectors to follow suit, said Sanders, who also cited the Fight for $15 movement.

Amazon shares were flat in trading Tuesday, but are up more than 65 percent so far this year.

Amazon's employment practices, especially for those working on the company's numerous front lines, have frequently been criticized.

Amazon's decision to open its wallet a bit should welcomed by workers, but there's a lot left to do to reduce the growing income and wealth gap in America and the ratio of CEO-to-worker pay, at 312-to-1 previous year, up from 58-to-1 in 1989 and 20-to-1 in 1965. Walmart and Target have raised their starting pay in the past couple of years.

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Sanders said that no worker employed full-time in the United States should be living in poverty.

It's hard to see the wage increase as anything other than a response to critics.

Sanders said it's no secret he has been a critic of Bezos for his treatment of workers while at the same time being "the wealthiest person on Earth".

Sanders congratulated Bezos Tuesday for "doing exactly the right thing", and urged other companies to do the same.

Amazon recently disclosed plans to build a new distribution center in Garner and is adding another warehouse in Charlotte.

After weeks of hammering Amazon for its treatment of its warehouse workers, U.S. Sen.

The Amazon employees seeing a bump in pay include full-time, part-time, workers employed by temp agencies, as well as seasonal positions.

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