Amazon will pay its employees who pack and deliver its goods a one-time bonus of up to $300. On Thursday, the company said that it would pay full-time operations workers $300 and part-timers $150 if they are employed by the e-commerce giant for the entire month of December.
Amazon logistics chief Dave Clark said that the company to spend $500 million on holiday bonuses for their employees.
Like many of its retail peers who had offered hazard pay as an incentive for workers to keep coming in during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, Amazon ended its bonuses after an economic upheaval swelled the ranks of job seekers.
Amazon ended its $2-an-hour bump for hundreds of thousands of warehouse workers at the end of May, and in June, the company paid one-time bonuses of as much as $500.
Recently Amazon has faced criticism from some employees for attracting new hires with a $3,000 bonus to ensure sufficient staffing to cover the holiday rush while only offering existing workers vouchers toward Thanksgiving turkeys.
A union drive also organized by a group of workers at an Alabama warehouse became public, a rare step of Amazon that has worked to fend off organized labor in its ranks.
“Our teams are doing amazing work serving customers’ essential needs, while also helping to bring some much needed holiday cheer for socially-distanced families around the world,” Dave Clark said in the blog post.
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