Amazon is giving a raise to more than half a million warehouse workers

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Amazon.com Inc., whose business has been boosted by the coronavirus pandemic, said Wednesday it will increase the wages of more than 500,000 of its fulfillment center workers by between 50 cents and $ 3 an hour starting next month. Amazon AMZN, + 1.20% increased hiring to 1 million workers last year as it was inundated with online orders during widespread lockdowns. Now, experts expect consumers’ e-commerce habits to continue. As the online retail giant hires tens of thousands more workers, it has advanced its fall salary review and is increasing salaries for those already fulfilling customers, deliveries, package sorting, and specialized fulfillment.

Darcie Henry, Amazon’s vice president of human resources, said in a blog post Wednesday that the pay increases amount to “an investment of more than $ 1 billion in incremental pay for these employees. This is in addition to our already industry-leading starting salary of at least $ 15 an hour and the more than $ 2.5 billion we invested last year in bonuses and additional incentives for top-of-the-line teams. “View: Total Amazon Prime members hit 142 million in the US With more shoppers opting for a full year, data shows Amazon’s move comes amid a push for a national minimum wage, and as the company faces continued Criticism of working conditions in its warehouses … Just a few weeks ago, a unionization drive at its Bessemer, Alabama warehouse failed. The union recently filed a complaint urging the National Labor Relations Board to set aside the results of the vote, accusing the company of threatening to close the warehouse and fire staff if they voted to unionize, a charge the company denies. Plus: Scott Galloway on Why Amazon ‘was invented for the pandemic’ and how AWS could be the most valuable company in the world.