By Sloan T. Wilson, The Chicago Times
CHICAGO – As Amazon’s presence in Illinois grows, the retail giant plans to add corporate and technology jobs in downtown Chicago.
In a statement Tuesday, Amazon said it will hire 450 people over the next few years to work in its Loop office. Amazon will lease 67,000 square feet at 222 W. Adams St., adding to the 140,000 square feet it occupies at 227 W. Monroe St.
According to the statement “These 450 new roles will join the more than 1,000 corporate and technology employees already working here in Chicago. Chicago’s many amenities and proximity to outstanding academic institutions continue to attract and develop an incredible talent pipeline. We look forward to continue investing in Chicago and creating exciting career opportunities as we build on our strong relationships with the local community and its leaders.”
As the dominance of Amazon delivery grows, warehouse workers organized as Amazonians United Chicagoland plan a walkout Wednesday morning at Amazon facilities located in Cicero and the Gage Park neighborhood. Ted Miin, an Amazon employee who supports the walkout, said management has not responded to worker requests for a $3-per-hour raise.