Amazon has become notorious for its union-busting tactics. So it’s surprising to hear that it’s planning to pay some of its workers more – but these are contracted third-party last mile delivery drivers. The average delivery “associate” will now earn $20.50 on average, plus benefits, starting in mid-October. Working with these delivery companies allows Amazon to reduce reliance on other carriers such as USPS and FedEx. This is happening while Amazon is now facing renewed efforts by the powerful International Brotherhood of Teamsters to unionize its delivery driver workforce. Amazon may simply be shoring up its defense against the threat of unionization by offering higher wages.
Read the full story by Annie Palmer for CNBC, published September 13, 2023, here: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/09/12/amazon-to-boost-pay-for-contracted-delivery-drivers.html