Amazon is cutting a team in Seattle that supports its contractor delivery drivers and moving the jobs to Phoenix, according to a report from The Seattle Times.
The Times reports that the dispatch center in the company’s South Lake Union headquarters employs about 130 people who direct and route drivers delivering goods through Prime Now, AmazonFresh, Amazon Restaurants and other programs across the Western U.S. The team was informed earlier this year that it would be moving to Arizona by the end of June. An anonymous employee told the Times the company is looking to find jobs for the affected workers.
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The move comes as Amazon’s relationship with its hometown continues to fray following the recent passage of a controversial tax on big businesses. Amazon paused construction on one of its office towers as the debate raged, and though it has resumed work, Amazon said the tax has forced the company to question its future growth in Seattle. Amazon continues to fight the tax, donating to a campaign to repeal it.
An Amazon spokesperson told the Times that the delivery support team’s move to Phoenix is unrelated to the so-called head tax.
Earlier this year, Amazon cut about 500 jobs as part of adjustments in its core consumer retail business. Those impacted were offered other positions inside the company. Last quarter, Amazon’s headcount dipped by about 2,900 people, its first sequential quarterly decline in employment since early 2009.
Amazon has teams in Arizona handling other centralized operations, including logistics for Whole Foods deliveries.