Amazon giving nearly 3k seasonal workers full-time jobs in Maryland

Posted at 11:02 AM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 18:43:04-04

BALTIMORE — Amazon says they will keep nearly 3,000 of the 6,400 seasonal employees hired in March at their Maryland facilities.

The workers were initially brought in on a temporary basis to meet a surge in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the company now says nearly half of those jobs will turn permanent beginning in June.

The full-time positions will be in customer fulfillment and last mile delivery, which include a range of duties such as packing, shipping, and delivering customer orders.

According to Amazon, permanent workers earn an hourly minimum wage of $15, full medical benefits including vision and dental, along with a 401(k) with 50 percent match beginning on day one of employment. The company also says they offer up to 20 weeks of paid maternal and parental leave.

The news comes a day after the Maryland Department of Labor reported tens of thousands more Marylanders filed for unemployment last week.