To Pay $500 Million in Bonuses for Front-Line Workers, Delivery Partners

Daniel Fowler
July 1, 2020

Inc. said it would spend more than $500 million on bonuses for employees and some contractors, following months of strong demand from consumers stuck at home during coronavirus lockdowns and pressure on workers handling the jump in orders.

Full-time Amazon and Whole Foods employees, as well as Delivery Service Partner drivers, will receive a $US500 bonus, according to a company blog post. Part-time employees will receive a $250 bonus, while Flex drivers who deliver packages for Amazon will receive $150 if they logged more than 10 working hours in June. "I have never been more proud of our teams", said Dave Clark, SVP WW Operations. 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. The bonus comes after Amazon's response to the pandemic prompted criticism from employees, along with a lawsuit from workers in Staten Island and a two-day strike at a warehouse in Germany.

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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. As of late, numerous representatives had whined of the risky and not exactly agreeable conditions wherein workers worked at Amazon, and the disturbing number of COVID cases among the workforce.

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