Amazon's Orlando workers among those set for $15 minimum wage announced today

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Amazon's Orlando workers among those set for $15 minimum wage announced today

Labor activists have been pushing for a $15 minimum wage for some time, and for instance, picketed fast food chains to pressure them to raise wages.

Amazon has raised its minimum wage for British and American workers, in a major milestone for campaigners pushing for pay increases to tackle rising levels of poverty and inequality in both countries. "That number also covers over 100,000 seasonal employees who will soon be hired at by the company throughout the United States for the holidays".

Sanders did commit to working with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in his fight to raise the federal minimum wage.

Jay Carney, senior vice president of Amazon Global Corporate Affairs, also revealed that Amazon will be lobbying to raise the current $7.25 minimum wage.

And while the new minimum wage is more than twice the federal minimum wage of $7.25, the new total is nowhere near what Bezos makes an hour.

But the company isn't stopping with raising its own minimum wage. The median pay for an Amazon employee previous year was $28,446 worldwide, according to government filings, which includes full-time, part-time and temporary workers.

At first glance, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' statement accompanying the announcement suggests it's the former.

The company didn't say how many workers were making less than $15 an hour. With a healthy USA economy, Americans looking for work have an increaseng number of job options, so Amazon has to find ways to entice people to join its company.

The change applies to full-time, part-time and temporary workers. Several states and cities have also passed laws increasing their minimum wages.

Acknowledging his past criticism of the company and its leader for paying unlivable wages, Sanders congratulated Bezos for doing the right thing.

Minnesota: Minnesota started out 2008 with a $6.15 hourly minimum wage, before the 2008 federal minimum wage increase took effect in July of that year.

Amazon, which became the second company after Apple to cross $US1 trillion in market value last month, now pays around $US11 per hour.

The company has a history of complaints about gruelling workplace conditions and lower wages, and has had to deal with lawsuits, picketing and issues with management tactics.

The $15 per hour wage will include all types of employee: full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary.

Bezos responded to Sanders on Twitter, thanking the senator and expressing hope that other companies will make similar policy changes.

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