Amazon to Pay $500 Million in One-time Employee Bonuses
Amazon.com Inc. announced that it would spend more than $500 million on one-time bonuses to its front-line workers and partners working throughout June, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Full-time employees and its Whole Foods Market business and drivers will receive a $500 bonus, Dave Clark, senior vice president of world-wide operations, said in a Monday blog post. Part-time employees will get $250, and another group of drivers will get $150.
Managers at Amazon and Whole Foods will get $1,000, and owners of delivery contractor companies will receive $3,000.
The announcement comes after the firm decided last month to end a short-term increased wage during the pandemic to meet surging sales as consumers switched to online ordering.
Amazon said in March it would increase the hourly wage by $2 for its front-line workers and new employees. In April, the firm predicted to spend $4 billion responding to the pandemic.
A spokeswoman of Amazon said that the company had spent around $800 million in higher pay by May 30.
Some workers at Amazon sites launched protests over working conditions at facilities in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.