Verizon Raises Worker Minimum Wage

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Verizon employees can now make at least $20 per hour.

This morning, mobile carrier Verizon announced that effective immediately, all new hires in their retail and customer service departments would begin making at least $20 per hour. Any current Verizon employees will also be receiving the same pay bump, and managerial staff who are willing to work on Sundays and holidays will be receiving a premium pay differential.

“Our V Teamers give their best day in and day out to support our customers with all of their needs, which is why we want to make sure we support them as well,” Krista Bourne, Chief Operating Officer for Verizon Consumer Group, said in a statement. “These changes are the direct result of employee feedback and will help us remain an attractive employer in this competitive environment.”

In addition to the hourly pay bump, Verizon stores around the United States will also begin offering sign-on bonuses for retail and managerial staff.

“I’m confident these changes will help us attract and retain the very best talent, and allow us to continue to improve our customer experience,” said Bourne.

This announcement follows recent efforts by Verizon retail workers in Washington state to unionize. Verizon has not commented on whether or not these pay bumps are related to the unionization effort.

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