BUSINESS + ECONOMY

Amazon boosts its minimum wage to $15 an hour

Oct 2, 2018, 7:56 AM | Updated: 8:21 am

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Smiles on the boxes, and the faces of Amazon employees, as its senior vice president told them the retailer’s minimum wage will rise to $15 per hour starting Nov. 1.

The raise applies to all full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.

“It’s a great change for over 300,000 employees and their families just in time for the holiday season,” senior vice president Dave Clark said.

Clark says Amazon plans to lobby Congress for a national minimum wage above the current $7.25 an hour.

“We also are hopeful other large employers choose to follow us and increase their minimum wages as well.”

The pay raise also applies to the 1,500 workers at Salt Lake City’s Amazon distribution center.

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Amazon boosts its minimum wage to $15 an hour