Even though Amazon won the unionization vote in its Bessemer, Alabama warehouse, the retailer may be feeling the heat from that election, as well as from the increased scrutiny of its labor practices in recent years. Amazon is raising wages for 500,000 employees. These workers will receive wage increases of between fifty cents and three dollars per hour. The online retailer already pays a minimum wage of $15 an hour; this number, however, is staying the same.
Although the company plans to raise pay for nearly half a million workers, it did not say it will officially raise its $15 minimum wage. Doing so would put it in step with rival Costco, which increased its starting rate for hourly store workers to $16 per hour in February.