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Amazon says it’ll provide warehouse employees a vacation bonus amid union drive

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Amazon.com Inc. pays the workers who pack and ship its items a one-time bonus of as much as $300, further compensation that comes as the corporate faces a union drive and criticism from others for rolling again pandemic hazard pay.

The corporate stated on Thursday that it might pay full-time operations employees $300, and part-timers $150, if they’re employed by the e-commerce big for all the month of December. The fee to Amazon will quantity to about $500 million, logistics chief Dave Clark stated in a corporate blog post.

Like lots of its friends in retail who had supplied hazard pay as an incentive for employees to maintain coming in throughout the pandemic, Amazon ended its bonuses after an financial upheaval swelled the ranks of job seekers. The corporate ended its $2-an-hour bump for a whole bunch of hundreds of warehouse employees on the finish of Could. In June, it paid one-time bonuses of as much as $500.

Extra just lately, Amazon has confronted criticism from some staff for making an attempt to draw new hires with a $3,000 bonus to make sure ample staffing to cowl the vacation rush whereas solely providing current employees vouchers towards Thanksgiving turkeys. Earlier this week, a union drive organized by a personnel at an Alabama warehouse became public, a uncommon step at an organization that has labored to fend off organized labor in its ranks.

“Our groups are doing wonderful work serving prospects’ important wants, whereas additionally serving to to deliver some a lot wanted vacation cheer for socially-distanced households world wide,” Clark stated within the weblog put up Thursday. “I’ve by no means been extra grateful for — or pleased with — our groups.”

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