Amazon warehouse employees rejoice in video after company announces minimum wage raise
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A video shows employees at an Amazon warehouse rejoicing after the company announced it is increasing its hourly minimum wage to $15 per hour for all of its workers across the United States.

Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president in charge of operations, shared a video of breaking the news of the wage increase early Tuesday to hundreds of employees at a warehouse in California.

“Shared the new Amazon $15 minimum wage with the team here at LGB3 early this morning! Best All Hands Ever!!!” Clark said in a caption of the video he shared to Twitter. 

The video arrives shortly after an announcement the company shared on Tuesday morning of its new wage increase.


The company said in a news release that it would be increasing its hourly minimum wage to $15 per hour for all full-time, part-time, temporary and seasonal employees across the U.S.

The new hourly minimum wage rate is scheduled to take effect on Nov. 1 and will benefit the more than 250,000 U.S. employees working at the retail giant.

“We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” Jeff Bezos, Amazon's founder and CEO, said in a statement

“We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us,” he added. 

The move comes on the heels of repeated attacks from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), an outspoken critic of large corporations. 

The Vermont independent has specifically called out Amazon and Bezos following reports that some workers said they received unlivable wages. 

Sanders also escalated his feud with Bezos last month by introducing legislation that would charge big companies like Amazon for the federal welfare programs that support their low-wage workers.

Sanders congratulated Bezos on Tuesday following the announcement.