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Lowe's gives $2 raise to employees, donates masks to healthcare workers amid virus crisis

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RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Lowe's employees are getting a pay raise for working during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the company's press release, workers will see a $2-an-hour pay increase for the month of April. This applies to all of the company's full-time, part-time and seasonal hourly workers who are employed at Lowe’s stores, its contact centers and its fulfillment facilities in the US and Canada.

The company's CEO says it's a thank you to workers who are working during the pandemic.

“We are continually working on ways to protect and support our associates and our customers during this time when we are all adjusting how we work and live,” said Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO. “I’m announcing these new operational changes as we continue to keep the health and well-being of our associates and customers top of mind, especially as they look to us now more than ever for essential products, services and support. Today’s wage increase for our hourly associates is just another way I want to thank our 300,000 associates for their heroic actions in serving the needs of our communities. I’ve never been prouder of our team, and they have my commitment that we will continue to adjust as the situation evolves.”

In addition to the raise, all employees will be given masks and gloves, along with Plexiglass shields at points of sale to protect to protect both parties.

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Lowe's has also stopped selling N95 masks. Those -- along with other protective equipment for first responders -- are being donated to hospitals to assist healthcare workers.

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