Amazon Ramping Up Seasonal Hiring

WAIT … WHERE’S THE “JOBS GOVERNOR?” By FITSNEWS || Since that drone delivery thing hasn’t taken off yet, online retailer Amazon is ramping up seasonal hiring in anticipation of the 2014 holiday shopping season. The company will be adding 80,000 jobs at its nationwide network of fifty fulfillment centers (and…


By FITSNEWS || Since that drone delivery thing hasn’t taken off yet, online retailer Amazon is ramping up seasonal hiring in anticipation of the 2014 holiday shopping season.

The company will be adding 80,000 jobs at its nationwide network of fifty fulfillment centers (and fifteen sortation centers).  That will include new positions at its two South Carolina fulfillment centers – located in Lexington and Spartanburg Counties.

Wait … hold up.  Jobs?  Coming to South Carolina?  Why yes … seasonal jobs, but jobs nonetheless.

So where is the Palmetto State’s “Jobs Governor” Nikki Haley?  How come she isn’t rushing to take credit for these positions?

And how come it’s not a “great day in South Carolina?”

Ummm … yeah.  About that.

In 2011, Haley permitted a tax break for Amazon to become law … after she rebuked it publicly.

“I knew it was bad policy,” Haley said in early 2011 after the S.C. House initially rejected the deal. “By allowing Amazon to get a tax break, when you are not giving it to any other business in our state – destroys what I am saying and immediately disputes everything that we say South Carolina is.”

Those are strong words … but we supported them (this website rejects corporate cronyism on principle).

Two months later, though, Haley allowed the tax break to become law … and three years later she’s totally sold out to corporate cronyism, throwing hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to select corporations (including some exceedingly questionable disbursements to campaign contributors).

Oh well …

So how many seasonal jobs is Amazon creating in the Palmetto State? We asked …

“We are creating thousands of seasonal jobs in the state of South Carolina at our two fulfillment centers,” company spokesman Kelly Cheeseman told FITS. “The pay varies. On average, seasonal associates earn 95 percent of Amazon permanent starting wages. During the holidays, seasonal associates play a critical role in helping meet increased demand from customers.”

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Gots my benefits card October 16, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Hmmmm….where do I go for my temp job for my holiday scratch…Walmart or Amazon?

So many choices out there…both are places I can earn a great living and have the potential for upward movement…hmmm…let’s see.

The Colonel October 16, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Careful, if you make to much they’ll take your benefit card away…

Limbaughsaphatkhunt October 16, 2014 at 7:44 pm

I would choose neither. They are gestapo drug testers. I likes my weed and will be damned if I submit even one drop of my piss to those corporate douche bags.

euwe max October 16, 2014 at 9:53 pm

How are you going to infiltrate the machine?

Dave Chappelle I'm Rick James October 16, 2014 at 10:40 pm

Valid question.

SC Political Digest October 16, 2014 at 4:56 pm

So FITS comes out against lower taxes….How Democrat of you…

By the way: Amazon has more than fulfilled its promise of 2,000 jobs. It’s been a ROUSING success. Empty acreage is now generating millions in tax revenue and Amazon has signed amounts of paychecks, exponentially more than the little tax breaks it got…

And: Lexington County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state…while those FITS-driven counties that don’t compete for jobs…are begging for food stamps, unemployment extensions and welfare payments…And the food banks are over-run, cutting staff and out of food…

Leave to FITS (or Sheheen or ‘Pootlian) to run it…if you want to see what a TOTAL F*#k Up looks like… (:

Crony Is As Crony Does October 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Bbbbbbut, she was against it before….

Now if those 4,000 Wal-Mart jobs would only show up.

SC Political Digest October 16, 2014 at 5:36 pm

There are 5 Wal-Marts within a 5-mile radius of my house. I bet just those have thousands of employees.

While Obama has LOST Millions and Millions of jobs…So you might want to STFU…

Deo Vindice SC October 16, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Dam, Kock money is there for you.

Wal-Mart Likes Baby Kittens October 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm

All new, huh? Check your facts on Haley/Walmart deal, bro.

euwe max October 16, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Buy Chinese!

Smirks October 17, 2014 at 10:28 am

Tell us the truth, one of those Walmarts IS your house. You sleep on a lawn chair in the garden section at night, don’t you?

john October 17, 2014 at 5:05 am

Majority of their employees for seasonal employment at Amazon come from referrals at Lexington and richland county DSS food stamp and welfare recipient. Amazon has a relationship with DSS were the income is verified within a week of being hired. After 3 months of working they are not laid off they are officially terminated violation of company policy not eligible for unemployment benefits because of Gov Haley stance on seasonal and termination of employment.

SC Political Digest October 17, 2014 at 9:09 am

Still, there are more than 2,000 PERMANENT (non-seasonal) workers at Amazon. I think another 1,000 are in Spartanburg. You people act like WORK, if it’s not some liberal Utopian Bull-S#!t scenario, is a crime.

The rest of your idiot-crap post sounds like some sort of sinister conspiracy, that is actually the WAY REAL LIFE is for all of us. You liberals really just HATE reality. And you think if the Utopian standards you promise are not met, you have the right to pummel the reality-based people you hate.

Which is Hilarious, because you are nothing but TOTAL F*#king FAILURES at everything. And your ignorance, lies and bumbling cause severe misery for all of us (see Obama, Reid Pelosi.)…and all you Dumb@$$#$ can do is complain about less-than-perfection that seeps from your Doped-up-stoned, lazy and vacant minds.

The Colonel October 16, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Wow, a positive story on Amazon, sort of…

Deo Vindice SC October 16, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Yep, just as I Frag you for being a ass.

Deo Vindice SC October 16, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Get that KOCH money !

SomalianRoadCorp October 16, 2014 at 10:22 pm

derp derp derp derp derp

Jeff Lee October 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm

Oooooooo, I had a job their last year but they let me go. Duhhhhhh owwwwwwww.

Squishy123 October 16, 2014 at 7:42 pm

I hear it’s such an happy and enjoyable place to work… if you’re currently working scrubbing septic tanks with your toothbrush.

PIckin at ya October 16, 2014 at 10:00 pm

“if you’re currently working scrubbing septic tanks with your toothbrush”

Is that what you call brushing your teeth? Or tooth in your case?


I Want a 500M Lawsuit October 16, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Same thing with retail at malls, etc. Christmas shopping. But sometimes any job is better than no job. Working is a good for mental health. Unless you work with assholes and bullies. And there is no shortage of them.

Good Point! October 17, 2014 at 12:12 pm

“Working is a good for mental health.”

THAT, is a great comment and often ignored or understated aspect of working. People that work have a sense of purpose…when you don’t work it destroys much more than your financial outlook…it also destroys your sense of purpose, self confidence, & does a host of other negative things.

Same ol' Same ol' October 17, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Unless you work with an asshole or a bully.

Here for the Weekend October 17, 2014 at 8:50 am

Good thing they paid Kenny Bingham to get them here…

MM October 17, 2014 at 9:55 am

Funny how people bitch about working at Amazon. Well above average wages…working INSIDE…and it’s not like one is splitting the atom. The parking lot out there is always full, so it must not be THAT bad.
Don’t know what people expect. It’s a WAREHOUSE job, only on a much larger scale.
You could get a job working for the City, checking meters, or sweeping up Five Points, for $7.25/hr. Don’t forget a warm coat, and/or raingear…

jeff price October 17, 2014 at 10:02 am

yea jeff if you wasent such a dumb ass you would have kept the job you dick you so lazy and bi polar you and jen suck dick your daddy ray should have thought you better

Smirks October 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

I don’t see how you could support what Haley said. I mean, I get you disagreed with the special incentives Amazon got and all, but really, we all know the only reason Haley was against Amazon was because Walmart was paying her off. I mean, damn, she got that 4,000 jobs talking point to go with bashing Amazon, so it was completely obvious.

Haley is completely fake. All that matters is who is giving her money and who supports her bid for national office.

Rocky October 17, 2014 at 10:47 am

A great day in South Carolina.


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