After defeating a unionization effort in Bessemer, Alabama, eCommerce giant Amazon has announced plans to increase the wages of more than 500,000 warehouse workers by up to $3 an hour.
The added hourly wages will be on top of the company’s standard $15 an hour monthly wage and the $2.5 billion the company has invested in additional bonuses and incentives for its front-line teams.
“These jobs come with a range of great benefits, like medical, dental, and vision coverage, parental leave, ways to save for the future, and opportunities for career advancement—all in a safe and inclusive environment that’s been ranked among the best workplaces in the world,” said Darcie Henry, Amazon vice president of People eXperience and Technology, Worldwide Consumer.
Amazon claims that starting at a $15 an hour starting wage is more than what is paid by other players. However, Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which led the effort in Alabama, disagreed.
“Amazon’s wages are “below what workers in nearby unionized warehouses receive and below Alabama’s median wage,” Appelbaum said.