Amazon to give holiday bonuses after ‘turkey vouchers’ flap

Amazon to give holiday bonuses after 'turkey vouchers' flap

Amazon is handing out holiday bonuses to its warehouse workers companywide, just days after employees griped about getting “turkey vouchers” ahead of Thanksgiving that were worth as little as $10.

The e-tailing giant will give $300 to full-time employees working on the front lines, while part-time workers will receive $150.

“As we head into the peak of the holiday season, we want to share our appreciation,” Amazon’s senior vice president of retail Dave Clark wrote in a blog post, adding that the total bonuses will amount to $500 million.

The bonuses arrive after reports emerged that Amazon had upset veteran members of its workforce by giving them vouchers to buy Thanksgiving turkey while handing out $3,000 signing bonuses to some new hires.

The e-commerce giant’s staffers have griped about the disparity in social-media forums where they’ve shared pictures of “turkey vouchers” worth as little as $10 that they were given as thank-you gifts.

The Butterball-branded turkey vouchers have been perceived as a slight to some workers who have toiled for months to ship out Amazon orders as the virus raged.

Meanwhile, Amazon has been reaping a windfall amid the pandemic, with analysts predicting the company could account for more than 40 percent of online holiday sales this year.

It is the second round of bonuses from Amazon, which in June also gave out roughly $500 million in “thank you” bonuses to employees who came to work during the height of the pandemic.

“I’ve been at Amazon for 22 holiday seasons and this one is definitely unique, to say the least,” Clark added in a statement. “I’m grateful to our teams who continue to play a vital role serving their communities.”

Employees have criticized Amazon in recent months for not doing enough to protect them from the potentially deadly bug, which has infected thousands of Amazon workers and killed at least eight.