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Amazon to raise minimum wage to $15 for US employees

Amazon to raise minimum wage to $15 for US employees

The increase will also apply to employees at Whole Foods and other Amazon subsidiaries.

One of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos's harshest critics, Sen.

Amazon is encouraging other large USA employers to follow its lead and said it would lobby lawmakers for an increase in the federal minimum wage, now at only $7.25.

Last month, Sanders introduced a bill calling on Amazon to pay a living wage to its employees, following reports that thousands of Amazon workers rely on federal assistance for food, housing and health care.

In addition to raising their own minimum wage, the company says that they will be working to convince Congress to raise the current $7.25 minimum wage across the United States.

Amazon also said it would begin lobbying for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which is now US$7.25.

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U.S. department store chain Target announced in September it would raise wages to $15 an hour by 2020.

However, the senator gave him props for "doing exactly the right thing" in upping pay rates.

Amazon has announced that it will raise its hourly minimum wage to $15.

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)-who has been leading the public pressure and shaming campaign against Amazon over the past several months-wrote on Twitter in response to the video.

Amazon announced on Tuesday it is raising its minimum wage in the U.S. to $15. This past spring, it raised its starting hourly pay for its workers to $12.

This increase in wage will be effective starting November 1st.

Employees who are already making $15 will get a pay increase, although it is unclear how much of an increase that might be or how much it will vary by location or employee.

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

The decision also raises the stakes for potential workers at Amazon's so-called HQ2 competition - its plan to create a second headquarters, with as many as 50,000 jobs.

California announced in October 2017 it would raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2023.

The move comes following criticism that Amazon's workers are underpaid and overworked, and was widely interpreted as an attempt to improve its reputation. That's happened while the e-commerce giant's market value has surged to just under $1 trillion and Bezos has become the world's richest person.

The company called the accusations by Sanders "false and misleading", pointing to its creation of 130,000 new jobs over the past year.

In a memo to employees, he promised to address the situation.

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