Hundreds of Doncaster Amazon workers set to receive pay rise

Eileen GuzmanOct 03, 2018

As Amazon and Whole Foods undergo a minimum wage hike to $15, Sen. The labour market is also tightening as the United States heads into the holiday season, which could naturally inflate wages.

After years of sluggish pay gains, the economy may be starting to work for America's low-wage workers. It will climb to $13 in July 2019.

At a press conference in September where he formally introduced the bill with Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), Sanders said Bezos could set a great example by raising wages.

The wage increase breaks down to 250,000 regular workers, as well as more than 100,000 seasonal employees.

Amazon employees will continue to receive company benefits, along with the pay increase.

Christine Owens, executive director at advocacy group National Employment Law Project, said Amazon's call for changes at the federal level was a "significant" move. And in that time, the rate "has lost about 9.6 percent of its purchasing power to inflation", the Pew Research Center said previous year. There are now more available jobs than unemployed people, the first time that has happened in the 18 years that data on open jobs has been tracked. But even more significantly, his pledge to engage in advocating for higher wage standards shows remarkable and rare leadership. While their role in US culture might be large, their share of the labor market is still fairly small. Bezos' acknowledgment that Amazon took a look at itself and decided it would change is a major win for Amazon's critics and employees, but it's also a win for Amazon.

President Donald Trump promoted December's sweeping tax cuts by saying they would boost worker pay and the White House has pointed to bonuses many employers have since offered as evidence of increased prosperity. About 2,000 of those are in the Houston area, according to a company spokeswoman.

Bezos is the world's richest man by a large margin-he is worth around $165 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index-but past year Amazon's median pay was just $28,446, which works out to around $14 an hour. "Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). After Amazon workers in Germany, Spain, and Poland went on strike in July to protest working conditions, Sanders slammed Bezos for earning "$275 million a day" while "Amazon workers are afraid to take bathroom breaks at work and are grossly underpaid. "What Mr. Bezos has done today is not only enormously important for Amazon's hundreds of thousands of employees, it could well be a shot heard around the world". The minimum wage grew by $3, from $8 to $11. "I hope very much that other corporate leaders around the country will follow his example".

Amazon has made billions by leveraging and building on the internet revolution of the past 20 years, Khanna said. Walmart is now the largest private employer in the nation, with a workforce topping 1.5 million employees.

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