Amazon will pay one-time bonuses of $500 to logistics workers

A Coronavirus Bonus? Amazon Makes 'Thank You' Payment To Frontline Workers

A Coronavirus Bonus? Amazon Makes 'Thank You' Payment To Frontline Workers

Amazon will provide frontline worker with more than $500-million dollars in bonuses.

"Our front-line operations teams have been on an incredible journey over the last few months, and we want to show our appreciation with a special one-time "Thank You" bonus", said Dave Clark, Amazon vice president of worldwide operations. Payments of $500 for full-time workers and $250 for part-time workers will be made to employees at Amazon's warehouses, delivery drivers, and Whole Foods. Owners of third-party delivery services that partners will receive a $3,000 bonus, while Whole Foods managers will receive $1,000.

In recent weeks, tensions have been rising between Amazon and warehouse workers, as many employees have voiced their concerns that the company hasn't done almost enough to protect them from COVID-19. There have been at least 10 deaths among its warehouse employees who have tested positive for coronavirus. When reporting its first quarter earnings, Amazon said it spent more than $600 million on coronavirus-related costs during the first three months of the year, and said it expected these costs could grow to at least $4 billion in the second quarter.

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In March, Amazon announced that it would give a pay raise of $2 per hour to warehouse, delivery and Whole Foods employees.

Amazon chose to end its $2-an-hour pay increase and double overtime pay beginning in June.

Also on Monday, Lowe's announced a new round of bonuses for its hourly retail workers, and said its pandemic pay, bonus and community efforts have totaled some $450 million. Amazon countered by claiming these bonuses were due to increased online orders during lockdown periods, which it said has leveled off. Follow or contact him on LinkedIn.

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