Amazon to dole out bonuses to frontline workers

Marco Green
June 30, 2020

Amazon on Monday announced a one-time "Thank You" payment for all of its frontline workers that have helped the e-commerce giant weather the coronavirus outbreak.

Employees and partners who have been with the e-commerce company through June will receive bonuses ranging from $150 to $3,000, the company said (https://blog.aboutamazon.com/operations/a-thank-you-bonus-for-amazon-front-line-employees-and-partners?utm_source=social&utm_medium=tw&utm_term=amznnews&utm_content=thankyoubonus&linkId=92219661) in a blog post. "I have never been more proud of our teams".

Amazon is expected to pay out a total of $500 million in bonuses. The disappearance of hazard pay has been a sore spot for Amazon logistics workers despite new safety procedures and a public-relations campaign exalting them as heroes for keeping essential supplies flowing to customers. Workers and 13 state attorneys general have called on the company to release more detailed information regarding coronavirus cases and related deaths among its employees.

In March, Amazon announced that it would give a pay raise of $2 per hour to warehouse, delivery and Whole Foods employees.

Amazon made a decision to end its $2-an-hour pay increase and double overtime pay beginning in June. Amazon countered by claiming these bonuses were due to increased online orders during lockdown periods, which it said has leveled off. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.

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