Amazon increases its minimum wage to $15

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It's a serious shift away from the strained relationship between the two, as Sanders has previously bashed Amazon for its working conditions, the company claiming his portrayal of its treatment of employees was "inaccurate and misleading". Target recently vowed to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020.

Starting on November 1, all employees of Amazon including those working under temporary staffing agencies will be paid at least $15 per hour.

As a result, more than 250,000 of Amazon's US workers, as well as the 100,000 seasonal employees it plans to hire for the holidays, will be getting a pay raise.

Jay Carney, Amazon's senior vice president for global corporate affairs, pledged that the company would advocate a minimum wage increase "that will have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people and families across this country".

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The wage hike comes at a time when Amazon needs to hire holiday workers amid the tightest job market in almost two decades, making it more hard to lure workers who have a lot more job choices than just a year ago.

Given Amazon's size and clout, the move Tuesday is a major victory for the $15-an-hour movement, which has organized protests of fast-food, gas station and other low-paid workers. The bill, which had no chance of passing and was created to draw attention to Sanders' Amazon criticism, would tax large companies for every dollar their workers receive in safety net benefits like food stamps.

Like several of the big United States tech firms, Amazon is also facing increased official scrutiny over how much tax it pays. Amazon purchased the Whole Foods grocery chain in August 2017. The Vermont independent has attacked the company, along with Disney and Walmart, accusing them of paying workers so little that they have to rely on government assistance. Those increases apply to 17,000 Amazon employees and 20,000 seasonal workers.

Workers across the country have pushed for a $15 minimum wage.

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Bezos responded with a tweet of his own, and said he also hoped that other companies would raise their wages as well.

The move comes following criticism that Amazon's workers are underpaid and overworked, and was widely interpreted as an attempt to improve its reputation.

Bezos via Twitter thanked Sanders for the acknowledgement and said he hoped other companies would join in. By doing so, Amazon fully recognizes that some personnel may jump ship and take their new skills with them but continues to run the program to support its employees and fill open positions.

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