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Baltimore County to hold 8 Amazon hiring events

Editor’s note: on Aug. 30, Amazon notified The Daily Record that these events are not open to the public and that walk-ins will not be accepted. To be considered for a job, visit http://www.amazondelivers.jobs/warehouse-jobs/baltimore-jobs.

Baltimore County plans to host eight hiring events via its Job Connector program in September for jobs at Amazon’s massive new fulfillment center at Tradepoint Atlantic.

The e-commerce giant is looking to hire associates to pick, received, pack and stow packages, according to an announcement from the county. During a tour of the new 855,000-square-foot building at Sparrows Point, Amazon officials said they intend to hire 1,500 employees at the facility slated to open for the 2018 holiday season.

“Amazon is hiring on the spot. If you are looking for a job and are qualified, you could walk out of an Amazon hiring event with a job offer,” Will Anderson, director of the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, said in a statement.

The Baltimore County Jobs Connector is a $2.5 million program aimed at providing the workforce to fill jobs in high-demand fields. There’s currently more than $5 billion in economic development projects in the jurisdiction, according to the county, but there are “chronic shortages” of employees in certain fields.

Job Connector Amazon hiring events:

  • CCBC Essex, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13; HTEC Building, 7200 Rossville Blvd., Baltimore
  • CCBC Hunt Valley, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 7; 11101 McCormick Road, Hunt Valley
  • Sollers Point Multipurpose Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 5; 323 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk
  • Tradepoint Atlantic, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12; 1600 Sparrows Point Blvd, Sparrows Point
  • CCBC Owings Mills, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 17; room 509, 10300 Grand Central Ave., Owings Mills
  • Tradepoint Atlantic, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21; 1600 Sparrows Point Blvd., Sparrows Point, MD 21219
  • CCBC Essex, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 26; HTEC Building, 7200 Rossville Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21237
  • Sollers Point Multipurpose Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 28; 323 Sollers Point Road Dundalk, MD 21222

During the tour of the facility at Tradepoint Atlantic Tim Foley, the fulfillment center’s general manager, declined to say how much employees will be paid. But the national average, he said, taking into account health insurance, retirement and other benefits, is about $15 an hour.

The company, which also has distribution facilities in Cecil County and Baltimore, touts its Career Choice Program offered to hourly employees.

The program pre-pays 95 percent of tuition, textbooks, and fees to help employees study for careers as medical technicians, robotics engineers and solar panel installation.

Amazon estimates it employs more than 5,000 people in Maryland and that its roughly $100 million of investments support 3,000 indirect jobs in the state.

Amazon has been criticized for not paying employees enough to make ends meet.

The nonprofit news organization The New Food Economy, in partnership with The Intercept, published a story that found one in three of Amazon’s employees in Arizona, and roughly one in 10 employees in Pennsylvania and Ohio, use the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Vermont’s U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to introduce a bill aimed at forcing firms like Amazon, Walmart and McDonald’s to cover the cost of employees who receive federal assistance, such as food stamps, public housing and Medicaid.

“At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, the gap between the very rich and everyone else continues to grow wider,” Sanders told the Washington Post.

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