Amazon will raise employee minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour.
More than 250,000 Amazon employees, plus 100,000 seasonal workers, will benefit from the minimum wage being raised to $15 dollars and hour. This also applies for Whole Foods and all other subsidiary employees.
Jeff Bezos, company founder and CEO, said through a statement “We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead (…) We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us.”
As part of the statement, Amazon also mentioned its public policy team will start to lobby for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which has been $7.25 an hour since 2009.
Critics, like the independent Senator of Vermont, Bernie Sanders, who have said that Amazon does not pay workers enough, arguing that the large company has drawn a clear division with its workers, as their wages contrast with Bezos’ spectacular wealth, estimated at $165 billion, making him the richest person alive.
According to CNN Money, after the Amazon statement, Senator Sanders spoke out, declaring he is looking forward to woking woth Bezos on pushing the federal minimum to $15. “I want to give credit where credit is due, I want to congratulate Mr. Bezos for doing exactly the right thing.”
This benefit for Amazon workers is set to benefit even future employees as the company aims to open if H2 headquarters in one of the 20 city finalists, including Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Amazon is among the largest employers in the United States. No other company has created more jobs during the past decade than the Bezos behemoth.
Congratulations to the 350,000 Amazon workers who will now receive $15 an hour. Thank you to the @fightfor15 movement which is sweeping the country. Today is not only enormously important for the workers, it could well be a shot heard around the world. https://t.co/dtRHTBoSH9
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 2, 2018