Amazon to hike wages for over 500,000 workers

 Amazon to hike wages for over 500,000 workers

A worker loads customer orders into a waiting tractor-trailer inside the million-square foot Amazon distribution warehouse that opened last fall in Fall River, MA on Mar. 23, 2017.
John Tlumacki | Boston Globe | Getty Images

Amazon announced Wednesday it will give more than 500,000 workers a raise.

Amazon will hike pay by at least 50 cents to up to $3 an hour for over half a million of its U.S. operations employees, Darcie Henry, vice president of global HR for Amazon, said in a blog post on the company’s website. Amazon will spend more than $1 billion on incremental pay for these workers, Henry said.

The pay raises will start to take effect in mid-May through early June of this year, Henry said. Amazon said it moved up annual pay review for positions across its customer fulfillment, delivery, package sortation and specialty fulfillment teams from fall to this spring.

The raises are meant to help incentivize hiring for tens of thousands of operations jobs across the U.S, Henry said.

In 2018, following pressure from politicians and worker advocacy groups, Amazon raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour for all U.S. employees.

The e-commerce giant is the country’s second-largest private employer in the U.S., behind retail rival Walmart, with more than 800,000 employees nationwide.

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