Amazon to raise minimum wage to $15 for USA employees
Amazon to raise minimum wage to $15 for USA employees
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02 October, 2018, 16:37
Washington state has the highest minimum wage in the country at $11.50 per hour, and Seattle, like New York City, has implemented a $15 minimum. Starting wages were lower, according to Amazon's own job postings, with job listings at more than 80 facilities so far this year indicating average starting pay of about $12.75 an hour, and as low as $10 an hour.
The move comes amid a national push to have fast-food restaurants and other blue-collar employers pay workers $15 an hour.
The median pay for an Amazon employee past year was $28,446, although that includes executives and other non-warehouse workers, according to government filings.
"We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do and decided we want to lead", Bezos said in a statement.
Sanders claims many Amazon workers need food stamps to feed their families, though Amazon has disputed his figures.
The new wage will apply to full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary workers.
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What's more, Amazon (amzn)-the second-largest private-sector employer in the USA -is now lobbying the government to increase the federally-mandated minimum wage, set nine years ago, from $7.25 an hour.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon chief executive, said he was "excited" to announce the changes, which he said would impact more than 37,000 employees across the United Kingdom, "resulting in higher pay for them and their families".
Workers across the country have pushed for a $15 minimum wage as they have drawn attention to growing income inequality. Amazon says it will also lobby to have the federal minimum wage increased from its current $7.25 per hour.
"We will be working to gain Congressional support for an increase in the federal minimum wage".
The Obama administration had called for raising the minimum wage to $10.10, but the proposal went nowhere during an era of divided government.
"If Amazon is so proud of the way it treats its workers, it should make public the number of people it hires through temporary staffing agencies like Integrity Staffing Solutions and make public the hourly rate and benefits those workers earn", Sanders said in a statement in late August.
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