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After Wage Criticism, Amazon Issues Holiday Bonus for Warehouse Workers

Not all workers are satisfied with the latest round of frontline bonuses.
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Francis Scialabba

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If Amazon was busy during the spring cleaning supply surge, it’s operating at warp speed with “Best Gifts Under $50” lists added to the mix. So Amazon announced a new round of bonuses for its warehouse employees.

  • Amazon will distribute $500+ million in bonuses among its frontline workers in December: $300 bonuses for full-time workers and $150 for part-time workers.
  • Around 85% of Amazon’s 810,000 U.S. workers hold frontline roles in warehouses and operations, per the NYT.

About the timing…Amazon’s revenues have hit record highs during the pandemic, but its Glassdoor score could tank among fulfillment workers. Its $2/hour raise for frontline workers ended in May. And like other large retailers, it hasn’t indicated hourly hazard pay will return, drawing criticism from labor watchdogs.

  • Stronger backlash from workers arrived this month when Amazon offered $3,000 bonuses to some new employees while giving others $10 turkey vouchers.

Not everyone’s satisfied with the new incentives. Amazon workers and demonstrators across 15 countries demanded higher wages (among other benefits) during protests on Black Friday.

Zoom out: As of October, Amazon’s ranks have grown by 427,300 employees in 2020. Its global workforce now tops 1.2 million people.

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