Amazon Raises Hourly Wages for Warehousing and Delivery Staff — Transcontinental Times


UNITED STATES: The world’s largest online retailer announced on Wednesday that the average starting wage for warehouse and transportation workers at Amazon.com Inc. will rise from $18 to more than $19 an hour.

As the busiest time of the year for freebies approaches, the pay rise would help the company attract and retain workers in a competitive U.S. job market.

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According to the company, the wage increases will cost the company nearly $1 billion over the next year. The e-merchant’s approach comes as some employees continue to plead for the unionization of Amazon sites in the United States. So far, only one Amazon plant has decided to unionize.

The company is struggling with high turnover and runaway inflation as workers seek better pay to meet rising living expenses.

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At the end of the quarter that ended June 30, Amazon had approximately 1.5 million full-time and part-time employees worldwide, the majority of them based in the United States.

An improved e-reader that lets users write on it and a contactless device that can track people’s sleep were among the new gadgets Amazon unveiled earlier on Wednesday.

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Along with the salary increase, the company said it is also extending a salary advance program for its employees that allows them to access up to 70% of their eligible earned salary whenever they choose and without fee, not just on a schedule, like a bi-weekly basis. .

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