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Amazon tops up pay for longtime staff after disgruntled workers email Jeff Bezos directly

Amazon tops up pay for longtime staff after disgruntled workers email Jeff Bezos directly
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Amazon announced that it would boost the pay of longtime workers to counter fears that a new minimum wage increase would actually leave them out of pocket.




That's after Amazon last week said it would up its minimum wage to $15 an hour starting November 1, including for part-time and temp workers, but also said it would phase out monthly bonuses and stock options for its hourly employees.




Amazon is giving workers that already make $15 an increase of $1.25, and announced it will be introducing a direct stock purchase plan in 2019.



Amazon's minimum wage increase has resulted in some unexpected backlash.
While many welcomed the news that Amazon was upping its minimum wage to $15, including longtime critic Senator Bernie Sanders, some Amazon workers raised concerns that they were having other benefits cut.
After announcing its new minimum wage, Amazon said it would cut monthly bonuses and stock grants for hourly workers. For some longtime workers making more than $15 an hour they worried that their total pay might actually decrease.
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