Amazon to hire 5,000 at warehouses — many in California, reports a July 30, 2013 Sacramento Bee news article by Dale Kasler, “Amazon to hire 5,000 at warehouses — many in California.” Amazon also is opening a warehouse relatively near Sacramento County and San Francisco, in the small town of Tracy this fall.
The Internet merchant is hiring 5,000 workers at warehouses nationally, including having a lot of the hiring happen in California. Currently Amazon is building two warehouses in the San Joaqin Valley. It has recently opened a facility in San Bernadino.
Across the country, Amazon is increasing its nationwide warehouse employment by 25 percent . The goal is to build warehouses near population centers with a lot of the hiring to be in California. That will result in quicker delivery to most of the customers, especially those in California. There are 17 distribution centers.
The positions usually will be full-time
Since Amazon started charging taxes this past September, the fact that it charges California sales tax isn’t a worry for the local customers. In 2011 Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that required e-commerce companies to collect California sales tax – regardless of whether they had a warehouse or other physical site in the state. Now that the tax is being collected from e-buyers, the emphasis is on quicker delivery times.
First, the company fired thousands of California “affiliates” – small businesses and nonprofits that earn fees by referring people to Amazon. Then, the company launched a referendum drive to overturn the law.
The showdown ended in compromise. Amazon is collecting tax from California buyers nowadays. On the other hand, Amazon and unofficially pledged to eventually bring 10,000 jobs to California. Will it create all those jobs soon? No one knows at the moment. But Amazon also began charging sales tax on e-buyers in other states such as Texas, Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
Only time will tell whether Amazon will hire 5,000 or 10,000 people for its warehouses and whether the jobs will remain full-time and pay enough to be called a living wage. The question remains whether people want to work for relatively low wages or remain jobless. Check out the site, “In shift, Florida woos Amazon’s low-wage warehouse jobs.”
Hourly pay is $10.50 to $11 at Amazon warehouses in Virginia, $11.50 to $12.50 in Indianapolis and $12.50 to $13.50 in Pennsylvania. What will they be in California in cities closest to Sacramento? And if you take a full-time job at that pay, is it a living wage relative to the city in which you live?
The question is whether the full-time jobs are permanent or temporary
The article, “In shift, Florida woos Amazon’s low-wage warehouse jobs.” notes that as Amazon opens warehouses throughout the country, it’s hiring thousands of temporary workers. Now the question remains for Californians if they work for Amazon in the newly built warehouses when they’re built, will the jobs last long enough to live on, pay rent, and provide security? Will the jobs last?
The article also reports that help-wanted ads posted by Amazon’s staffing firm describe a “very fast-paced environment” that “will occasionally exceed 90 degrees.” Applicants need a high school diploma and “must be able to stand/walk for up to 10-12 hours,” the ads report, according to the article, “In shift, Florida woos Amazon’s low-wage warehouse jobs.” On the other hand, the jobs could replace jobs that disappeared.
Is the pay enough to live on in the local area?
The question is whether people without college degrees working in warehouse jobs can look forward to a lifetime career there and be able to lead a middle-class life, buy a home, and raise a family. So can you depend on those types of jobs? Fifty years ago a person with a high school diploma could work for the phone company and still be able to buy a house and car and live the middle-class lifestyle.
Not everyone can afford to go to college or has the interest and aptitude. And those with some types of college degrees are working in jobs that formerly were held by high-school graduates. Check out articles such as, “Warehouse Worker Salary | Salary.com” and “10 Crazy Rules That Could Get You Fired From Amazon Warehouses.”
Californians want to know whether the full-time jobs are permanent or temporary. Also see the articles, “President Obama’s Warehouse Visit Highlights Potential to Create Good Jobs” and “Amazon Warehouse Workers Sue Over Security Checkpoint Waits. That article in the Huffington Post noted in 2011 that many warehouse workers are temps, toiling for low pay and no benefits, often at the bottom of a dizzying hierarchy of contractors that blurs the lines of corporate responsibility.
Have situations changed now that Amazon is collecting sales tax?
You have across the nation workers with high school diplomas (and some college graduates) often employed by small, little-seen firms, even though they move goods for larger companies of all types. The question will be when the warehouses are built whether working conditions are good or whether any given environment is all that’s available. On the other hand, a kudos for industry is that Amazon Offers To Help Train Workers For Other Jobs – Slashdot.
People are concerned whether to work regardless of the conditions or remain unemployed and for some, homeless. Only time will tell. The only problem is a college degree that leaves a person with huge loans to pay back doesn’t guarantee a job unless you have a major or job skills in demand at a wage you want to have for a long time as you move up the ladder. Before you look for a job in anyone’s warehouse, know what it might be like inside the world of retail in any given warehouse. See the article, “Inside The World Of Online Retail: What It’s Like To Be A Warehouse.”