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Amazon giving $500 million in one-time bonuses to front-line workers as a 'thank you'

June 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Amazon is giving out more than $500 million as a "Thank You bonus" to front-line workers who were with the company throughout the month of June, a move that comes after the e-commerce giant eliminated a $2 hourly wage bump and double overtime pay for frontline workers at the end of May.

(CNN Business)Amazon is giving out more than $500 million as a "Thank You bonus" to front-line workers who were with the company throughout the month of June, a move that comes after the e-commerce giant eliminated a $2 hourly wage bump and double overtime pay for frontline workers at the end of May.

"Our front-line operations teams have been on an incredible journey over the last few months, and we want to show our appreciation with a special one-time Thank You bonus totaling over $500 million," said Amazon (AMZN) senior vice president of worldwide operations Dave Clark in a note about the bonuses.

Full-time employees of Amazon, Amazon-owned Whole Foods, or drivers for delivery service partners will get $500; part-time employees or drivers will get $250; front-line leaders at Amazon and Whole Foods will get $1,000; and delivery service partner owners, who help get packages to customers, will get $3,000.

Earlier this month, New York Attorney General Letitia James' office interviewed workers from several Amazon facilities in New York City as part of an investigation into worker concerns over coronavirus-related safety measures.

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.

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