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Leaked Memo Shows Amazon Elite Outlining Smear Campaign Against Fired Employee: Report

Amazon has been scrambling to perform damage control amid alarming reports from employees and demands from lawmakers regarding its lackluster response to the covid-19 pandemic, but on Thursday the e-commerce giant’s PR crisis spiraled even further.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Amazon Keeps Finding New Ways to Screw Over Its Warehouse Workers Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Amazon has been scrambling to perform damage control amid alarming reports from employees and demands from lawmakers regarding its lackluster response to the covid-19 pandemic, but on Thursday the e-commerce giant’s PR crisis spiraled even further.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Taking 911 Calls in the Age of Coronavirus

Welcome to Sick Days, a series documenting how jobs are changing during the coronavirus pandemic, as told by workers themselves. This week, we hear from a stay-at-home parent, a seamstress in a theater, an IT worker, a music school teacher, and a 911 operator.Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Sick Days, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


'It Feels Like We’re Surrounded by the Virus on All Sides'

Welcome to Sick Days, a series documenting how jobs are changing during the coronavirus pandemic, as told by workers themselves. This week, we hear from a stay-at-home parent, a seamstress in a theater, an IT worker, a music school teacher, and a 911 operator.Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Sick Days, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Amazon Will Finally Give Workers Masks and Temperature Checks

Following concerning reports on worker safety and demands from lawmakers, Amazon is finally planning to start performing temperature checks and providing face masks for all workers at its European and U.S. warehouses, as well as Whole Foods stores, early next week, Reuters reports. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, Reuters, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Amazon Workers: Go on Strike. Now.

The coronavirus crisis may be uncharted waters in many ways, but there’s a time-honored tradition for aggrieved workers whose health and safety are treated as an afterthought: go on strike. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, Amazon Workers, Coronavirus


Amazon Fires Worker Who Organized Strike Over Conditions Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Amazon has fired an employee at its Staten Island facility who organized a strike against his employer over conditions in the company’s warehouses amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, Staten Island, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Instacart Workers Preparing to Strike Amid Company’s Disastrous Response to Covid-19 Outbreak

Instacart workers are preparing to strike next week in response to the company’s lack of protections for employees who are risking their health and safety to perform their jobs amid the global coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 1,200 people in the U.S. alone.Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Instacart, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Instacart Workers Preparing to Strike Amid Company


Amazon 'Bug' Was Hiding Products That Would Have Shipped Faster Amid Covid-19 Delays

Amazon is now delaying the shipment of nonessential items through Prime by up to a month as the company struggles to meet the heavy demand of orders it’s experiencing amid shelter-at-home and self-isolation orders put in place to mitigate the spread of covid-19 in the United States. But following this change, Amazon…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, United States, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


'The Human Brain Is Just Not Meant to Process This Much Extreme Change'

Welcome to Sick Days, a series documenting how jobs are changing during the coronavirus pandemic, as told by workers themselves. This week, we hear from an Amazon worker in one of the company’s many delivery stations, an out-of-work Waymo operator, a psychotherapist who has moved to telemedicine, and more. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, Sick Days, Waymo


3.3 Million Unemployment Claims Are Likely the 'Tip of the Iceberg'

According to the Department of Labor, 3.3 million Americans—roughly the population of Utah—have filed for unemployment insurance since last week. Huge doesn’t even begin to capture the scale of mass job loss, and yet there’s every reason to believe the reality is even worse.Read more...
Tags: Utah, Science, Labor, Unemployment, Gig Economy, Department of Labor, Coronavirus


On Google Search, Scammy Unemployment Ads Are Targeting Some of the Most Vulnerable People

Pandemics don’t just stress test the physical and mental health for potentially millions of folks across the country, but their livelihoods as well. Close to one-fifth of Americans have reported either being laid off or having their hours slashed in the wake of the covid-19 outbreak, with the newly jobless in every…
Tags: Google, Science, Labor, Scammers, Covid 19


Uber CEO Decides Driver Safety Isn't His Problem

Gig workers pose a clear danger where the continued spread of covid-19 is concerned. As to the open question of how to responsibly address this massive vector of workers, who are often uninsured and can’t afford not to work in spite of the risks, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has apparently washed his hands. Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Labor, Gig Economy, Dara Khosrowshahi, Coronavirus, Sars Cov 2


Senators Demand Amazon Answer for Warehouse Worker Conditions Amid Covid-19 Outbreak

Following news that a worker at a facility in Queens tested positive for covid-19, four U.S. senators are questioning the e-commerce giant about disturbing reports on worker safety at its facilities amid the global pandemic.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, Queens, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2


Amazon Has Already Reopened Its Queens Facility After a Worker Tested Positive for Covid-19

An Amazon worker in one of its facilities in New York City has tested positive for covid-19, the company said, and is in quarantine and receiving medical care.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, New York City, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2




Senator to Uber and Other Gig Companies: Have You Considered Just Giving Workers Sick Days?

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread—thanks in part to the disastrously inadequate response by failing governments like those in Iran and the United States—events are being cancelled faster than reporters can keep track of them, and employees in various industries are being asked to postpone all travel and…Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, Labor, Iran, United States, Postmates, Doordash, GrubHub, Coronavirus, Covid 19


Amazon Will Pay Taxes in Seattle If It's the Last Thing Kshama Sawant Does

An ugly fight in 2018 saw Amazon and other business interests strong-arm the Seattle City Council into repealing a small tax meant to alleviate the city’s homelessness crisis. Today, in a bold challenge to Jeff Bezos and other oligarchs of the Pacific Northwest who call Seattle their corporate home, Seattle …Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Seattle City Council, Kshama Sawant, Tax Amazon, Amazon Will Pay Taxes


Amazon Manager Was Asked to Perform Racial Profiling, Lawsuit Alleges

Until recently, Lisa McCarrick was a loss prevention manager at Amazon, albeit one who alleges she was compensated significantly less than men who held her title prior, and her male subordinates. But in a wrongful termination lawsuit, filed yesterday in her home state of California, McCarrick references a pattern of…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, California, Lisa Mccarrick


Food Workers Union Takes Aim at Amazon's New Cashierless Grocery Store

After years of prototyping, and more years still experimenting with surveillance-based convenience stores, Amazon has officially opened its first cashierless grocery location in its home city of Seattle. One of America’s largest food worker unions is already pissed about it.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Labor, Amazon Go, Amazon Grocery Go, Food Workers Union, Seattle One of America


The Tech Revolt Finally Comes for Oracle

Oracle isn’t a household name. Its product is software and cloud computing, and its customers are other companies—and so, it’s avoided much of the scrutiny heaped on public-facing firms like Facebook, while making its co-founder Larry Ellison the fifth-richest man in the United States. And amid worker backlash across…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Labor, United States, Larry Ellison, Donald Trump, Oracle, Techlash


Kickstarter Has Successfully Unionized

In a historic vote, crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has become the first major tech company to successfully form a union, with a narrow vote of 46 workers in favor and 37 against. Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Kickstarter, Kickstarter United, OPEIU, Tech Unions


Apple Probably Owes Some of Its Retail Employees a Ton of Money

The California Supreme Court sided with Apple Store employees in a ruling yesterday, stating that unpaid mandatory bag or iPhone searches at the end of retail workers’ shifts are a violation of state law. The class-action suit in question represents over 12,000 workers employed at the company’s retail locations from…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Labor, California Supreme Court, Apple Store, Bag Searches


'Every Single Person Is Losing Money': Shipt Is the Latest Gig Platform to Screw Its Workers

Shipt doesn’t command the name recognition of its main competitor, Instacart, nor the market share of Amazon Fresh or Walmart Grocery, for that matter. But unlike many gig work platforms, Shipt was transparent about pay and afforded its personal shoppers the chance to earn respectable wages. Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Walmart, Instacart, Target, Doordash, Amazon Fresh, Shipt, The Gig Economy, Instacard


Inside the Bowling Alley’s Mechanical Heart With the Guy Who Keeps It Beating

The narrow hallway behind the bowling lanes looks like a miniature factory, rows of well-oiled pipes and pulleys facing boxes and boxes of jewelry-sized parts. On a freezing January evening, the machinery’s caretaker moves down the line with a clipboard, taking his monthly inventory of backup parts.Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Sports, Bowling, Bowling Alley, Hidden Tech


Google's HR Chief to Step Down as Worker Tensions Intensify

Google’s VP of People Operations Eileen Naughton will be stepping down later this year. Naughton, who has been at the company for 13 years, became the company’s head of human resources back in 2016 and has since overseen the breakdown between management and rank-and-file employees.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Labor, Alphabet, Naughton, Eileen Naughton


Amazon Exec Jay Carney Cites Sanders Praise Out of Context, Promptly Melts Down on Twitter

Jay Carney, the former Obama White House press secretary, has worked as Amazon’s senior vice president of global corporate affairs at Amazon since 2015. That factually makes him a paid voice for the company that controls around half of online commerce and which is owned by the world’s richest man, Amazon CEO Jeff…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Twitter, Science, Technology, Media, Labor, Social Media, Minimum Wage, Pr, Bernie Sanders, Obama White House, Jay Carney, Amazon Exec, Fightfor15


Things Aren't Looking Good for Uber in California

California has been the legal beachhead of labor’s fight against gig work platforms, and unsurprisingly, Uber, Postmates, and other similar companies have done everything in their power to challenge having to reclassify their contract workforces as employees. But a ruling today in the state’s Central District Court…Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Labor, California, Postmates, Central District Court, Ab5


Amazon Warehouse in Texas Was More Dangerous Than Working in a Prison—and It's Gotten Worse, Leaked Documents Show

Mandatory injury reports Amazon submitted to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have thus far painted a broad picture of its operations as unusually dangerous, well above the warehousing industry average. New logs obtained by Gizmodo for one of the company’s oldest warehouses in Texas show a meaningful…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Science, Prison, Labor, Jeff Bezos, Gizmodo, OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Amazon Warehouse, Haslet


Rideshare Drivers From Around the World Are Coming Together, With Help From a Familiar Benefactor

As Uber, Lyft, and lesser-known transportation companies masquerading as tech firms have gradually squeezed savings out of their contingent workforces, those same contract drivers have gotten angry and organized. The first big mass action was a global strike in May of last year, kicked off by LA’s Rideshare Drivers…
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, Labor, La, Athena, Open Society Foundations, Rideshare Drivers United, Gig Work, NYTWA, Iaatw, Rideshre



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