Hundreds of people waited in line to apply for part- and full-time positions at Amazon’s fulfillment center in Chattanooga. (Photo: Staff)

Amazon had its first Jobs Day in Chattanooga Wednesday.

Amazon announced July 26 that it has more than 50,000 roles available to fill across its U.S. fulfillment network. The facility in Chattanooga is expecting to hire hundreds of employees to add to its staff of about 2,500. 

“Amazon is growing worldwide, and we have great job opportunities,” Travis Maynard, general manager for Amazon in Chattanooga, said. “We are offering really good-paying jobs with great benefits to Chattanoogans.”

Retail workers union speaks out against Amazon

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union criticized Amazon for its business model, working conditions and automation. 

The union is worried that Amazon’s acquisitions and increased hiring will negatively impact retail jobs, small businesses and American retailers. 

Amazon had no comment on these issues.

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At the event, candidates had the opportunity to participate in information sessions, tour the facility, apply for positions and potentially receive on-the-spot job offers.

One person who was applying hoped that Amazon could offer more for his future.

“I’ve worked in kitchens most of my life, and I’m just tired of doing it,” Anthony Brown said. “Hopefully, there’s more here, because fast food is a dead-end job.”

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said that Chattanooga has the third-fastest-growing wages for midsize cities and Amazon is playing a part in that.

“One place where people are growing their careers is at Amazon,” he said. “When more people get employed, it raises wages, feeds the economy and creates even more jobs.”

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For those who couldn’t attend the event, click here to apply.

Eric Wise is a contributing writer. He is currently attending UTC, where he is the assistant news editor for the school newspaper, The University Echo. He also serves as the alumni relations chairman for his fraternity.