BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Amazon is set to raise the minimum hourly wage for all employees to $15 on November 1st.
"We listened to our critics, thought hard about what we wanted to do, and decided we want to lead," said CEO and founder Jeff Bezos. "We're excited about this change and encourage our competitors and other large employers to join us."
The raise hike will also apply to Whole Foods, which Amazon purchased in 2017. In total, over 350,000 full-time, part-time, and temp workers will see their wages go up.
"The folks who work there deserve to make a living wage," one customer told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz. "They work hard, put out a good product."
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz (@BerniceWBZ) reports