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Amazon announces $15 minimum wage for all US employees

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posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 05:43 AM
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Amazon says it is increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour for all US employees effective November 1.
The change applies to full-time, part-time and temporary workers.

Amazon says the $15 minimum wage will benefit more than 250,000 Amazon employees, plus 100,000 seasonal workers.

Critics, including independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have criticized the company for not paying workers enough.

"We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and CEO. "We're excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us."

Amazon announces $15 minimum wage for all US employees

I was just criticizing Amazon for paying its workers so little while Jeff Bezos sits on billions of dollars. I never expected Amazon to lead the pack when it came to providing a living wage for its employees! I think it is great that the company decided to do this on its own, if there was some way to get other companies to do the same thing without government regulation, it would be amazing.


According to the National Employment Law Project, 42.4 percent of American workers currently make less than $15 an hour. There are around 1.4 million janitors and cleaners who earn below that mark, 1.2 million drivers, 1 million secretaries and administrative assistants, and 699,000 child care workers


Slate

The problem is that wages have not kept up with the cost of living for the past few decades. Almost half of the population earns less than $15 an hour, and many of these are full-time workers with families.

There is little incentive for companies to increase employee wages because of the fact that the top brass answer to their stockholders, who want to increase revenue. I think that a business should look at how it impacts the world, and provide a quality experience for their customers and workers, as well as a quality product, in addition to making a profit.

Another way to look at it is that providing quality jobs with stable hours, decent pay, benefits and the like will attract workers who will be more willing to stick with the company and put in their best effort.

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posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 05:46 AM
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Good on them.

There are guys in the foundry 50 feet away from me making much less.
Better tell them about Amazon



posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 05:48 AM
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Well done amazon....that is shocking, but I think it can be done by most big companies without hurting profit. I mean, snap, if we keep going, Amazon won't have anyone to sell their cheap Chinese plastic garbage to.


ETA for those sens-a-tive peeps.
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posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 05:51 AM
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originally posted by: lakenheath24
Well done amazon....that is shocking, but I think it can be done by most big companies without hurting profit. I mean, snap, if we keep going, Amazon won't have anyone to sell their cheap Chinese plastic garbage to.


That all they sell?
I just ordered 12 books, 1 of them a first edition.



posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 05:53 AM
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Damn, do I really need to put the sarcasm icon after every post????



posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 05:53 AM
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I'm extremely impressed by this. I've never bought anything on Amazon but this almost makes me want to. Bravo Amazon!



posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 05:53 AM
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originally posted by: lakenheath24
a reply to: [post=23824968]TinySickTears[/p

Damn, do I really need to put the sarcasm icon after every post????


Yeah.
It would help



posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 05:59 AM
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If more jobs become available that provide a living wage, it could help lift people (even full-time, working adults) off of public safety nets like food stamps and the like. It is a great solution.



posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 06:08 AM
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Not to mention all those payroll taxes hitting the system....offsetting those tariffs bigly if others follow.



posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 06:12 AM
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Across the board policies like this is PR.

15 in some markets will be amazing, and in other, it’s still a crap amount.

If they really cared they will use one of their big brain people to come with a formula to make a wage that works in each market and not an arbatrary number



posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 06:18 AM
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So they have 350,000 people working for them making less than 15 an hour?

# people if theres anything wrong with the economy its that

No wonder residental construction is in the #ter



posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 06:20 AM
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originally posted by: toysforadults
So they have 350,000 people working for them making less than 15 an hour?

# people if theres anything wrong with the economy its that

No wonder residental construction is in the #ter


The 350,000 employees who got a raise beg to differ.

Sorry! I meant to quote Socrates.


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posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 06:25 AM
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Then some woman will sue because their pay isnt equal.

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posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 06:30 AM
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Well now, looks like those Corporate tax cuts have really helped ...


Overall, the new tax law largely works in Amazon’s favor, driving down the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent. While that will only apply to Amazon’s 2018 income, its impact can be felt today. Deferred taxes mostly apply to capital investments, or such things as equipment and new warehouses. Taxes on these items are deferred throughout the lifetime of the investment. So even if the tax rate was 35 percent at the time the investment was made, when the company actually pays these deferred taxes, the new 21 percent rate will apply. This line item shrank Amazon’s estimated future taxes by $789 million.


Good on Amazon for transferring their new tax savings to workers wages.



posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 06:41 AM
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This sounds just peachy but what was amazons minimum wage before?
Did they really have anybody at the federal minimum?

The large companies like Amazon can absorb the increase easily, the small grocery stores and what not will suffer.



posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 06:49 AM
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All the more incentive for mega-corporations to replace their human workers with A.I. ASAP.



posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 06:55 AM
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originally posted by: UKTruth
Well now, looks like those Corporate tax cuts have really helped ...


Overall, the new tax law largely works in Amazon’s favor, driving down the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent. While that will only apply to Amazon’s 2018 income, its impact can be felt today. Deferred taxes mostly apply to capital investments, or such things as equipment and new warehouses. Taxes on these items are deferred throughout the lifetime of the investment. So even if the tax rate was 35 percent at the time the investment was made, when the company actually pays these deferred taxes, the new 21 percent rate will apply. This line item shrank Amazon’s estimated future taxes by $789 million.


Good on Amazon for transferring their new tax savings to workers wages.


Yeah, but according to Leftists, trickle-down doesn't work, so it can't be because of tax cuts.

It has to be because Amazon has seen the light. Bezos will probably give ALL of his billions to help the poor and downtrodden Real Soon Now.

I bet it will be the lead in the NYT tomorrow.



posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 06:58 AM
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Jeff is so rich he makes something like 3,000$ a second. Which is great, trickle down in effect or no?

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posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 07:08 AM
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Good, my Amazon stock has been slumping lately. If you dont have any Amazon stock buy this morning, like right now, sell in two days, Thursday morning. You will make some money.


I already have enough of their stock so I'm just gonna sell most if not all of it Thursday. Im getting tired of looking at it in my portfolio.



posted on Oct, 2 2018 @ 07:13 AM
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originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
I'm extremely impressed by this. I've never bought anything on Amazon but this almost makes me want to. Bravo Amazon!


I buy a LOT of crap off of Amazon. I still shop around but Amazon usually ends up being less expensive for the same exact product.




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