Baltimore City will host application and information sessions next month for residents interested in landing one of 1,000 jobs to be offered at Amazon's new distribution center, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Wednesday.
People who are interested in the full-time jobs — which will pay between $13 and $15.50 an hour and provide benefits — should attend one of the sessions on Feb. 3 and 4 at the Eastside One-Stop Career Center at 3001 E. Madison Street. The sessions will be held between 9 a.m. and noon and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day.
Amazon is opening a 1 million square-foot distribution center this spring at the site of the former General Motors plant in Southeast Baltimore. There, workers will pack and ship books, electronics and other items ordered through the online giant.
Rawlings-Blake said she wants to take pro-active steps to make sure the jobs go to city residents.
"Too many of our residents are locked out of opportunities to find a good job, those jobs that will allow them to put food on their table, provide for their families, put clothes on their back in a productive way, in an honest way," the mayor said.
Of the 2,200 jobs at the newly-opened Horseshoe Casino, 66 percent were held by city residents as of this month.
Rosalind Howard, an official in the Mayor's Office of Employment Development, said Amazon officials will attend the application sessions to answer questions about the jobs and offer tips on the hiring process.
Staff at the one-stop center also will help walk residents through the online application process. Those interested in attending should call 410-396-9035.