Target is giving frontline workers $70 million in bonuses — but their growing gig workforce say they just got hit with a major pay cut
Targetjust gave 350,000 frontline workers $70 million in bonuses.
- The company announced the bonus Monday, the same day some of its
Shiptgig workforce protested outside Target headquarters in Minneapolis calling for fairer pay.
- Willy Solis, a lead organizer with the nonprofit Gig Workers Collective, said gig Shoppers were a part of why Target was able to enjoy 273% annual growth in same-day service sales — including curbside pick up, drive up, and Shipt.
- If you are a Shipt Shopper and would like to share your story, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Target announced Monday that it would offer more than 350,000 frontline employees a $200 bonus each, or $70 million in total.
Target previously gave all hourly full-time and part-time store and distribution center workers $200 bonuses in July. Eligible employees include hourly members in stores and distribution centers, seasonal hires, and hourly team members who "support Target's guest and team member contact centers."Meanwhile, some gig workers for Target-owned delivery service Shipt held a demonstration Monday outside of the company's headquarters in Minneapolis protesting a new pay model.
Gig Workers Collective, said it felt insulting that Target give bonuses at the same time Shipt Shoppers are calling for fairer pay. Solis said Shoppers were a part of why Target was able to enjoy 273% annual growth in same-day service sales — including curbside pick up, drive up, and Shipt. "We're grateful and happy for Target employees to be recognized and for receiving that extra pay, but at the end of the day, we as Shipt shoppers have contributed significantly to make Target a very profitable company," said Willy Solis, a Shipt Shopper and a lead organizer with the grassroots organization Gig Workers Collective.
Target bought Shipt in 2017 for $550 million to compete with Amazon and Walmart on same-day delivery. Target is currently valued at $82.5 billion.If you are a Shipt Shopper and would like to share your story, email email@example.com.
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