Amazon will spend over $500 million thanking frontline workers for June service

Dan Berthiaume
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Amazon frontline employees who worked during June 2020 will receive a “thank you” bonus of up to $3,000, depending on their role.

The e-tail giant is showing its appreciation for frontline operations teams who worked throughout the month of June (June 1-30) with a special one-time bonus. The bonuses will be structured according to whether an employee is part- or full-time, and what position they held:

•    $500 for full-time Amazon employees, Whole Foods Market employees, and delivery service partner drivers;
•    $250 for part-time Amazon employees, Whole Foods Market employees, and delivery service partner drivers;
•    $1,000 for all front-line Amazon and Whole Foods Market leaders;
•    $3,000 for delivery service partner owners; and,
•    $150 for each Amazon Flex driver with more than 10 hours in June.

“Again, my thanks and gratitude for the truly remarkable commitment to customers you have shown throughout this journey,” said Dave Clark, senior VP worldwide operations, Amazon, in a blog post announcing the bonuses. “I have never been more proud of our teams.”

On Monday, June 1, Amazon reportedly ended a temporary $2 pay hike it gave to warehouse employees as an incentive to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The e-tail giant had previously announced the raise would come to an end as of May 30. In addition, Amazon phased out an unlimited time off policy for workers who felt sick or unsafe coming to work at the end of April.

Amazon has adjusted a wide variety of additional fulfillment, delivery, and in-store practices to ensure it can continue operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures include requiring all warehouse employees to wear masks, as well regular sanitization of door handles, handrails, touchscreens, scanners and other frequently touched areas.

In addition, Amazon said it will spend its entire expected $4 billion second-quarter profit on COVID-19-related expenses, including investments in personal protective equipment, enhanced cleaning of facilities, less efficient process paths that better allow for effective social distancing, higher wages for hourly teams, and hundreds of millions to develop its own COVID-19 testing capabilities.