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In this June 6, 2019, file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks at the Amazon re:MARS convention in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / John Locher, File)

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos stepped down as CEO on Monday, handing over the reins as the company navigates the challenges of a world fighting to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.

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In this Oct. 1, 2020 file photo, an Amazon logo appears on an Amazon delivery van in Boston. (AP Photo / Steven Senne, File)

Amazon, the second-largest private employer in the U.S. behind Walmart, is making the change as states legalize cannabis or introduce laws banning employers from testing for it. 

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An Amazon truck drives in in Philadelphia, Friday, April 30, 2021. (AP Photo / Matt Rourke)

The jobs are for delivery and warehouse workers, who pack and ship online orders. Amazon, which already pays at least $15 an hour, gave out raises for some of its workers last month, and the company said Thursday that new hires will make an average of $17 an hour.

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Amazon workers voted against forming a union, Friday, April 9, in Alabama, handing the online retail giant a decisive victory and cutting off a path that labor activists had hoped would lead to similar efforts throughout the company and beyond. (AP Photo / Jay Reeves, File)

Despite the strongest public support and the most sympathetic president in years, the American labor movement just suffered a stinging defeat -- again.

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The Amazon facility in Gage Park known as DIL3. (WTTW News)

A group of Amazon employees walked out of the mega-retailer’s Gage Park distribution center Wednesday morning, calling on the company to stop understaffing the facility and to provide accommodations for people working a 10.5-hour overnight “megacycle” shift.

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Amazon employee Bekim Mehmedi speaks with WTTW News during a demonstration at facility in Gage Park on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

As workers in Alabama decide whether or not to unionize, Amazon employees in Chicago push for accommodations for a long overnight shift.

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The e-commerce giant is opening more distribution centers in Chicago — and plans to hire thousands. Crain’s Chicago Business Editor Ann Dwyer joins us with the stories behind the headlines.

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In this Feb. 21, 2020 photo, a worker pushes a cart inside an Amazon Go Grocery store set to open soon in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

Amazon wants to kill the supermarket checkout line. The online retailing giant is opening its first cashier-less supermarket, where shoppers can grab milk or eggs and walk out without waiting in line or ever opening their wallets. 

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In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks off stage after holding a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington to announce the Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. (AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The world’s richest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, said in an Instagram post that he’ll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect Earth.

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Amazon’s push to build a massive network of warehouses to store and distribute goods may be moving into Bolingbrook, but the town’s mayor isn’t thrilled about it.

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In 2015, Pullman was designated Illinois’ first national monument. The Far South Side neighborhood scored another victory with the Amateur Athletic Union. And a 40-acre Amazon warehouse may be on the horizon.

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The e-commerce giant keeps adding more warehouses across the country to store and distribute products, and it looks like Pullman is one of its next targets.

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An electric vehicle maker is on tap to build 100,000 delivery vans for the e-commerce giant Amazon. The massive order is just part of a broader commitment, announced Thursday by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, to make his company greener.

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The retail giant is roughly doubling the number of employees in its Loop office. But these aren’t warehouse jobs – the new hires that will work in fields including cloud computing, advertising and business development. 

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In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo people walk into the lobby for Amazon offices in New York. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan, File)

Amazon said the hiring events will take place Sept. 17 in six locations where it thinks it can find the strongest talent: Arlington, Virginia — where it’s building a second headquarters; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Nashville, Tennessee; and its hometown of Seattle.

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(Rich Bamford / Flickr)

Would you forgo your privacy for more effective technology? Owners of voice-activated home devices may need to start asking themselves that question.