Amazon Raising Minimum Wage To $15 For All US Workers

Today, in a surprise move, the Seattle, Washington-based company announced that they are raising their minimum hourly wage to $15. That will include more than 250,000 full time employees and 100,000 seasonal workers.

In its announcement Tuesday, Amazon said it would lobby for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 for a decade. New York state announced similar measures for New York City residents as part of its 2016-17 budget, with large companies - more than 11 people - mandated to raise their wages to $15 by the end of 2018.

Amazon will raise the minimum wage for all employees starting November. Mr Bezos said he encouraged the company's competitors to increase their own minimum wages.

"We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead", Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. Walmart, which has 1 million workers, raised its minimum wage to $11 earlier this year.

Amazon announced on Tuesday it is raising its minimum wage in the USA to $15.

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"If Amazon is so proud of the way it treats its workers, it should make public the number of people it hires through temporary staffing agencies like Integrity Staffing Solutions and make public the hourly rate and benefits those workers earn", Sanders said in a statement in late August.

On Tuesday, fast food workers in MI are going to kick off a series of protests in the Midwest and elsewhere around the country in support of unions and a $15 minimum age. "The current rate of $7.25 was set almost a decade ago", Jay Carney, senior vice president of Amazon global corporate affairs, said in a statement.

Those in the United Kingdom will be paid £9.50, or £10.50 in London, compared to the minimum United Kingdom wage rate of £7.83 for over 25s and £7.38 for those aged 21 to 24.

"We will be working to gain Congressional support for an increase in the federal minimum wage".

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