Amazon ups minimum wage to $15 for all full, part-time and seasonal employees

‘The e-tailing giant said Tuesday it would increase its minimum wage Nov. 1 to $15 for all U.S. full-time, part-time, seasonal and temporary employees, including temps hired by agencies.

“We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead,” said Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos in a statement. “We’re excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us.”

Amazon also said it would begin lobbying for an increase in the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25.’