Amazon talks for job seekers start Wednesday

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — City officials in Fall River are laying out how job seekers will have ample opportunity to find out what it’s like to work at an Amazon distribution center, from conditions to pay, over the coming weeks, as the new center being built in the city gets closer to being opened for business.

Briefings are being held this week by Amazon officials, but further briefings will be held later on by city agencies. This Wednesday, July 6, the company will brief workers and take questions at Durfee High School at meetings at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. On Thursday, they’ll meet at the Diman Regional Voc-Tech High School at 10:00 a.m., and at the Bristol Community College auditorium at 3:00 p.m.

Register for Meetings
Durfee HS, 3:00 p.m. Wednesday
Durfee HS, 6:00 p.m. Wednesday
Diman Voc-Tech, 10:00 a.m. Thursday
BCC, 3:00 p.m. Thursday

Fulfillment associates — who pick merchandise off shelves and put it in the iconic logoed shipping boxes, or bring it to shelves to be stored — must have a high school diploma or a GED, take an online test and a drug test, and be able to lift about 40 pounds. Applicants must apply for the positions online, and the city is making sure resources, like computers, will be available for the process. Recruiting will ramp up later in July and early August.

Right now, the positions have yet to be posted at Amazon’s jobs website; Fall River residents will get a heads-up when the postings go up.

Amazon is expected to hire 500 workers for the warehousing facility. The average salary of a worker at the distribution center will be $35,000 a year.

“These jobs are going to represent opportunity for people in the greater Fall River area,” said Kenneth Fiola, of the city’s Office of Economic Development. “We understand that not all the jobs will be filled by Fall River residents,” but military veterans will get preference. “We also believe there will be more employment opportunities as this project continues to progress.”

Fiola said the city has been wooing Amazon’s facility since July 2012. The facility is expected to open this fall.

If you have further questions, call the Fall River Career Center at (508) 730-5000.

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