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Amazon is decided to increase minimum wage to $15 per hour. New hiring will get $15 per hour.
In an effort to expand its delivery network in the Midwest and shorten the time it takes to get packages to customers, Amazon.com is building a cluster of large and small distribution centers in southeast Michigan. Frank Witsil/Detroit Free Press
Amazon will increase its minimum wage for all U.S. workers to $15 an hour, including part-time, temporary and seasonal workers starting in November.
The move is said to benefit 250,000 Amazon employees, plus 100,000 seasonal workers it plans to hire this holiday season.
“We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder and CEO, in a statement.
The company’s public policy team is said to have begun lobbying lawmakers to increase the federal minimum wage, which has remained stagnant since 2009 at $7.25.
Amazon also recently opened a distribution center in Shelby Township in September, its newest Michigan location (and fourth fulfillment center), alongside locations in Ann Arbor, Rochester Hills, Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Brownstown, Hazel Park, Livonia, and Romulus and Grand Rapids — many of which are hiring.
The company is hosting two job fairs on Wednesday:
Wayne County Community College, 21000 Northline Road, Taylor, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Amazon’s distribution center, 1400 E. 10 Mile, Hazel Park, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fulfillment centers are Amazon’s regional distribution centers, which are a significant part of the retailer’s strategy as it seeks to reduce the time it takes to ship items to customers amid competition with traditional brick-and-mortar stores and other online sellers.
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