Amazon raising minimum wage for US workers to $15 per hour

Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it is raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour for all United States employees including full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees, starting 1 Novenber.

That could be good news for numerous Internet giant's workers across North Carolina.

Amazon said 17,000 British employees would benefit from the rises, as well as 250,000 U.S. workers.

Amazon, which became the second company to cross $1 trillion market value last month, on average paid employees $28,446 a year ago.

An employee packs a box at the Amazon.com Inc. fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, U.S., on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Jay Carney, Amazon's senior vice president for global corporate affairs, pledged that the company would advocate a minimum wage increase "that will have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people and families across this country".

In two decades the company expanded far beyond its bookseller beginnings, combining its world-spanning retail operation with less flashy but very profitable advertising and cloud computing businesses. And some companies have responded to the public pressure.

Amazon has previously contested some of Sanders' claims, saying its full-time warehouse workers already make $15 when stock and bonuses are included. That's the fastest annual gain since the Great Recession ended. And in January Walmart raised its starting wages to $11 per hour.

The company didn't say how many workers were making less than $15 an hour.

But corporate profits in the US are booming, and that wealth isn't being spread out almost fast enough for many.

Amazon made the announcement on a company blog this morning.

Employees of Whole Foods Market and all other Amazon subsidiaries are included in the wage increase. The proposed law says companies that don't pay a living wage should have to reimburse the tax authorities for the federal benefits paid out to their low-wage workers. The increases will include 17,000 Amazon employees as well as 20,000 seasonal workers.

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