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Amazon doubles the minimum wage for all U.S. employees

Amazon raises the minimum wage to all U.S. employees, including full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal

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Amazon doubles minimum wage for all U.S. employees. Source: flickr.com

Amazon today announced it is increasing the minimum wage to $15 for all of its 250,000 full-time, part-time, temporary (including those hired by agencies), and 100,000 seasonal employees across the U.S. — effective November 1.

“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”, said Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder and CEO.

Online giant’s public policy team will also begin advocating for an increase in the federal minimum wage.

“We will be working to gain Congressional support for an increase in the federal minimum wage. The current rate of $7.25 was set nearly a decade ago. We intend to advocate for a minimum wage increase that will have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people and families across this country”,  said Jay Carney, Senior VP of Amazon Global Corporate Affairs.

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