Jeff Bezos just caved to activists and Bernie Sanders and raised Amazon’s minimum wage to $15

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  1. ATJ-Lucko

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    The world’s richest man has caved to pressure from his workers, activists, and Bernie Sanders and raised the minimum wage at Amazon to $15.

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Tuesday that, after fielding much criticism, the company would increase the baseline of its workers’ wages — affecting about 350,000 employees, including people who work at Whole Foods — and lobby for a $15 minimum wage nationwide. The federal minimum wage is currently just $7.25.

    “We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” Bezos said in a statement. “We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us.”

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, has personally taken on Amazon as an example of worker exploitation by powerful companies in the United States. In September, Sanders introduced the “Stop Bad Employers Zeroing Out Subsidies Act” (aka the Stop BEZOS Act) that would penalize large companies if their workers are relying on government benefits like food stamps or Medicaid to survive.

    Sanders commended Bezos for the decision to raise the minimum wage at Amazon.

    “What Mr. Bezos today has done is not only enormously important for Amazon’s hundreds of thousands of employees,” Sanders said at a news conference. “It could well be, and I think it will be, a shot heard around the world.”

    Sanders applauded the “many hundreds” of Amazon workers who contacted his office in support of the Stop BEZOS Act, as well as service workers in the fast-food industry who pioneered the $15 minimum wage movement in the U.S. Sanders said there is no reason other corporations — like Walmart — should not follow Amazon’s lead.

    “Bottom line is that, in the richest country in the history of the world, we are seeing massive levels of income and wealth inequality,” Sanders said. “In this country, our standard should be that if you work 40 hours a week, you should not be living in poverty. I hope very much that other corporate leaders around the country will follow [Bezos’s] example.”

    Amazon is one of two publicly traded companies to be valued beyond $1 trillion. Bezos is worth almost $164 billion, according to Forbes. He paid no federal income taxes in 2017.

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  2. chrisc

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    Can I get backpay for the 2.5 months I worked there orrrrr nah
     
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  3. Nebraska

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    You probably owe them money if anything.
     
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  4. chrisc

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    shh dont tell them
     
  5. Miz

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    I think 15 dollars is good. If you are an awesome cook at Popeyes and that is your dream then why should you live in poverty? Of course you shouldn’t make a doctor’s salary but you should be able to get by. I saw a story about a combat vet who loved cooking at KFC. He should be able to make it, just like anyone else, who works full time.
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    Good move by amazon and Beevis. I love me some Bevis.
     
  6. unforgivn

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    I think of it more in terms of recouping costs. Simply existing as a human being costs a certain amount of money per month, so I don't see why people shouldn't be able to expect to be paid at least that much (or rather 1/160th of that cost per labor hour).

    EDIT: to make this shit make more sense
     
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  7. Kano

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    could you explain this to a dummy (me)
     
  8. Miz

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    I second that motion. I don’t understand no good either.
     
  9. unforgivn

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    So it would have made more sense if I would have specified that I was talking about a monthly cost. 40 work hours per week * 4 work weeks in a typical month = 160 work hours per month on average
     
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  10. chrisc

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    So apparently a lot of the warehouse workers are saying they'll make less due to losing stock options and monthly bonuses
     
  11. unforgivn

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    It figures that they'd take away some other compensation on the sly in order to keep people's total pay from actually going up.
     
  12. chrisc

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    Yeah, Amazon is saying people will still make more but who knows. I'm curious if the people in higher jobs that required more skill or experience, making 14-15$ before, are going to get paid more.

    I only worked there for like 2-3 months but seemed like a decent gig/company.
     
  13. JeterLover27

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    That’s a good thing always. Massachusetts minimum wage is 11$
     
  14. Poindexter

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    That's not a wicked pissa.
     

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