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Lyft Drivers Protest Falling Wages as Execs Drum Up Investor Money for $25 Billion IPO

Inside the luxury Omni Hotel in downtown San Francisco on Monday morning, Lyft executives and investors wheeled and dealed about the company’s upcoming IPO as the firm’s valuation hit a whopping an estimated $25 billion and climbing.Read more...
Tags: Labor, Lyft, Uber, Gig Economy, Rideshare, Gig Workers Rising


Hundreds Turn Out to Picket Against Uber Amid 25-Hour Driver Strike

In an outpouring of long-simmering tensions between rideshare companies and drivers whose wages have been on the decline, affiliated or acting in solidarity with grassroots group Drivers United turned out on Monday to picket an Uber Greenlight hub in Redondo Beach, California.Read more...
Tags: Labor, Uber, Lyft, Ridershare, Gig Economy, Strike, Los Angeles, Gavin Newsom, California


Furious Over Falling Pay, Los Angeles Uber Drivers Prepare to Strike

In recent weeks Uber drivers in the greater Los Angeles area opened their apps to find the ridesharing company had enacted an approximately 25 percent reduction in their per-mile earnings to just 60 cents, a mere two cents above the IRS’s deductible standards. As a result, Drivers United, a coalition of drivers in the…Read more...
Tags: Labor, Lyft, Uber, Rideshare, Los Angeles, Drivers United


Leaked Memo Shows Kickstarter Senior Staffers Are Pushing Back Against Colleagues' Union Efforts

Tuesday afternoon, a contingent of Kickstarter employees went public with their intention to unionize under the name Kickstarter United. According to an email provided to Gizmodo, however, senior staffers at the crowdfunding company are already attempting to push back against the plan to make Kickstarter the first…Read more...
Tags: Science, Unions, Labor, Kickstarter, Gizmodo, Kickstarter United, OPEIU, Kickstarter Union


Transit Unions Are Drawing Up a Plan to Confront Autonomous Vehicles

As institutional embrace of automation continues to create a mounting threat to existing jobs, unions are formally taking note. Last year, the largest Las Vegas service workers union organized a strike partly over casinos’ plans to embrace automated systems, and the union won language in the resulting contract that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Automation, Las Vegas, Automaton


NSW election: Michael Daley stumbles over spending in final debate

Labor leader unsure on his party’s figures in debate with Gladys Berejiklian, two days before state poll Michael Daley has suffered two moments of memory lapse during the final leaders’ debate before the NSW election, admitting he could not recall the exact numbers around his education and Tafe funding policies.The Labor leader told the audience he would spend more on education, with a promised “100% Gonski funding”. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, Gonski, Gladys Berejiklian, Michael Daley, New South Wales election 2019


Michael Daley gives 'unqualified apology' for claim Asian workers taking jobs

NSW Labor leader says his comments ‘were not intended to come out the way they did’ The New South Wales opposition leader, Michael Daley, has issued an unequivocal apology for his remarks about Asians with PhDs taking “our kids’” jobs as the party goes into damage control to staunch the fallout in electorates with large Chinese populations.With three days until polling day, the comments have seriously dented Labor’s momentum when polls were showing them 50-50 with the Coalition. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Australian politics, New South Wales, New South Wales politics, Labor party, NSW Labor, Michael Daley, Coalition Continue, New South Wales election 2019


Morrison on the spot as Hanson claims MPs reject One Nation preference snub

One Nation leader accuses Coalition of falling into Labor’s ‘trap’ by isolating her partyPauline Hanson has hit back at Scott Morrison’s insistence the Coalition will not do a preference deal with One Nation, claiming Liberal and National MPs who fear they will lose their seat are “disgusted” by the comments and are seekingher party’s preferences.On Wednesday Morrison refused to firm up his commitment by agreeing to put One Nation last, instead noting preferences would be decided after nominatio...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Morrison, Hanson, Pauline Hanson, One Nation, Greens Continue


Kickstarter Employees Plan to Unionize

Employees at Kickstarter, the decade-old crowdfunding platform, are planning to unionize—potentially making them the first organized labor force among major tech firms.Read more...
Tags: Science, Labor, Kickstarter


Kickstarter employees want to unionize under OPEIU and have formed Kickstarter United to make that happen

Kickstarter United is organizing Kickstarter employees under the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153, joining other tech startups like Gimlet and Vox in a bid to unionize. The employees say they're unionizing to "promote our collective values: inclusion and solidarity, transparency and accountability; a seat at the table," adding that "Kickstarter’s efforts are incomplete, and these values [of democratizing access] have failed to manifest in our workplace...
Tags: Post, News, Labor, Kickstarter, Unionization, Vox, Class War, Department for Business, If There Is Hope It Is In The Proles, Kickstarter United, OPEIU, Bijan Stephen The Verge


Anning comments 'attack Australian way of life', race commissioner says

Chin Tan backs calls for a code of conduct to crack down on hate speech in parliamentThe race discrimination commissioner, Chin Tan, has backed calls from Labor and the Greens for a code of conduct to crack down on hate speech in parliament.Tan said the Australian Human Rights Commission will give “in principle” support for parliamentary standards on speech about race and religion, a break from the Coalition government which has not endorsed either idea. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Race, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Greens, Tan, Pauline Hanson, Anning, One Nation, Australian Human Rights Commission, Fraser Anning, Chin Tan


Labor signals it won't use Kyoto credits in final emissions policy

Mark Butler says Labor wants genuine decarbonisation and is not interested in ‘dodgy accounting tricks’The shadow climate change minister, Mark Butler, has given a strong hint at a candidates’ forum in a key Victorian marginal seat that Labor won’t use carry-over credits from the Kyoto period in its final emissions policy.According to an attendee at the forum held in the electorate of Corangamite on Monday, Butler told the gathering he was not personally keen to use carry-overs if Labor won the ...
Tags: Labor, Kyoto, Butler, Mark Butler, Corangamite


Judge Gives Lyft Something to Worry About Ahead of Its IPO

Back in December, New York City approved the nation’s very first minimum wage pay floor for app-based drivers—a historic victory Lyft undercut almost immediately by challenging the change in court. Today, drivers got more good news when a judge denied Lyft’s motion for an injunction that would block the minimum wage…Read more...
Tags: Lyft, New York, Science, Labor, New York City, Rideshare


College Bribery, DoorDash Pay, and Captain Marvel: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The tech world found itself embroiled in another appalling controversy when a white supremacist gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 and opened fire, killing at least 50 people and wounding scores of others in an attack apparently calculated for maximum effect on social media and …Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Health, Google, Meat, Food, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Comics, Science, Technology, Movies, Medicine, Labor, Climate Change, College, Disney


John Howard and Tony Abbott condemn NSW Labor over deal with Shooters party

Howard says if ALP wins state election, gun control would be at risk at ‘great cost to community safety’John Howard and Tony Abbott have joined criticism of Labor’s preference deal with the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers party for Saturday’s NSW election, following the deadly Christchurch terrorist attacks.Howard, the former prime minister, said Labor would “do anything to buy a vote” in an advertisement published on the New South Wales Liberals’ Facebook page on Sunday night. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Tony Abbott, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Gun Control, New South Wales politics, Labor party, John Howard, Christchurch, Howard, NSW Labor, Gladys Berejiklian, Michael Daley


NSW gun laws: Berejiklian attacks Labor over deal with Shooters party

Opposition leader Michael Daley won’t rule out relying on gun advocates to form a minority governmentNew South Wales Labor leader Michael Daley has been forced to justify his preference deal with a party advocating relaxed gun laws in the aftermath of the deadly Christchurch terror attack.The premier, Gladys Berejiklian, on Sunday called on the opposition leader to cut ties with the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers, saying Labor’s preference deal with the minor party legitimised its cause. Continue...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Farmers, New Zealand, Gun Control, New South Wales politics, Christchurch, Gladys Berejiklian, Michael Daley, South Wales Labor, New South Wales election 2019, Christchurch shooting


'Farmers feel let down': rural NSW seats suddenly up for grabs

Gabrielle Chan finds bush electorates that were once locked in for the National party are now under siege from a variety of challengersVoters fume at outer Sydney’s growing painsCentral coast could decide the election Labor fights to regain inner cityChanging tide on the far north coastThe state seat of Barwon is about as rusted-on as you can get.About the same size as Germany, its south-western end is the Labor-dominated town of Broken Hill. Most of the rest is committed National party country ...
Tags: Labor, Germany, Australia news, Australian politics, Sydney, New South Wales politics, National party, Barwon, Rural Australia, Gabrielle Chan, New South Wales election 2019, Broken Hill Most


Greens pressure Labor with pre-election push to tackle climate and land-clearing

Greens promise new laws on air pollution, greenhouse gases, invasive species, water resources and vulnerable habitatsThe Greens will push for two new environmental agencies, including a regulator with wide-ranging powers to tackle climate change and land-clearing, adding pressure to Labor to provide detail to its own policy pledge.In the new policy the Greens promise laws to expand federal oversight of environmental issues, including the creation of an environment commission to develop protectio...
Tags: Labor, Environment, Australia news, Australian politics, Labor party, Australian Greens, Sarah Hanson-Young


Sound Transit CEO considers outside contractors to run Highway 520 buses

Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff is considering hiring private contractors. Labor leaders consider the move a possible threat to existing union jobs and privatization fights have flared around the country.
Tags: News, Labor, Local News, Northwest, Eastside, Peter Rogoff, Traffic Lab


United States: USPS's Defenses To OSHA Citation Rejected - Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP

In Secretary of Labor v. U.S. Postal Service, OSHRC Docket No. 18-0462, an administrative law judge of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission granted summary judgment
Tags: News, Labor, United States, Usps, U S Postal Service, OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, Russell LLP, Smith Gambrell


Craig Laundy joins Liberal exodus and will not recontest Sydney seat of Reid

Laundy’s departure will probably mean seat will fall to Labor in federal election expected in MayLiberal Craig Laundy will not recontest his Sydney seat at the coming federal election, bowing out on Friday by paying respect to the friendships he has formed across party lines during his time in politics.In a statement confirming his intention to quit politics, Laundy said public life “was never just a job to me. It was an opportunity to serve the electorate that my family has called home for four...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Liberal party, Reid, Craig Laundy, Laundy


Significant increase in minimum wage won't cost jobs, Labor says

In a Fair Work submission, ALP argues the economy will benefit because ‘low wages growth poses a real threat to consumer demand’Labor has argued that a “significant” increase in the minimum wage will not cost jobs but failed to follow the lead of the Victorian government in nominating how much workers should be paid.In submissions to the Fair Work Commission’s annual minimum wage review, due on Friday, demands have ranged from no increase – a real wage cut – advocated by Restaurant & Catering Au...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Victorian politics, Australian trade unions, Labor party, Liberal party, Industrial relations, South Australian politics, Australian economy, Fair Work Commission, Business (Australia, Australian Council of Trade Union, Wages growth


How to Identify and Report an Illegal Job Posting

Earlier this week, Epicurious site director David Tamarkin excitedly tweeted that they were in need of a “sharp, cooking-obsessed editorial assistant.” Within 48 hours, the posting had been mercilessly roasted by Media Twitter, and the New York State Department of Labor was even forced to intervene. What happened?Read more...
Tags: Work, Laws, Labor, Job Hunting, Capitalism, Job Search, Job Interviews, Lifehacks, New York State Department of Labor, David Tamarkin, Media Twitter


Gimlet staff announce unionization plan following Spotify acquisition

Gimlet Media, creator of such excellent podcasts as Crimetown, Reply All, and Science Vs, was recently acquired by Spotify for $230m; in the wake of the acquisition, the staff have announced a successful unionization drive organized under the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), which is also organizing Vox Media's team: the union will have about 80 members, drawn from the production, editorial, host, and reporting staff, but excluding managers, marketing and sales staff. The team is ...
Tags: Spotify, Post, News, Labor, Disney, Podcasting, Pixar, Vox Media, Gimlet, Brooklyn New York, WGAE, Gimlet Media, Writers Guild of America East WGAE, Ashley Carman, Marvel Gimlet


If You Work Full Time, Calculate Your 'Hourly' Wage

When you’re working full time, you can track your spending and make a budget using percentages of your income to try to get a handle on what you can truly afford. But thinking in terms of monthly or even weekly allotments of money isn’t necessarily the most effective way to think of your dollars.Read more...
Tags: Work, Personal Finance, Money, Labor, Value, Lifehacks


Penny Wong says Labor unable to entirely reverse Coalition's cuts to aid budget

Shadow foreign minister says Australia’s interests undermined by $11bn cut since 2013Penny Wong says it is impossible for Labor to entirely reverse Australia’s foreign policy cuts, accusing the government of having chosen cheap domestic political point scoring, cheered on by Pauline Hanson, at the expense of international aid.In a speech circulated ahead of its delivery at the University of Queensland, the shadow foreign minister said it would be impossible for Labor to replace the $11bn cut fro...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, University Of Queensland, Pacific, Penny Wong, Wong, Pauline Hanson


Uber Is Another $20 Million Poorer After Settling Driver Lawsuit

Uber is a company that dictates how a large number of car owners pick up passengers, where they take them, how they take them there, the condition of the vehicle those people get put in, and the pay they earn, but it does not consider those drivers to be its employees.Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Labor


Report: Amazon Warehouses Called 911 for Mental Health Crises At Least 189 Times in Five Years

E-commerce giant Amazon has long been reported to be an unpleasant place to hold down a job. Article after article has relayed claims of an ultra-competitive workplace culture, employees being treated like soulless robots, sweatshop-esque performance requirements, and long hours of monotonous work. That includes …Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Technology, Labor, Suicide, Mental Health, Jeff Bezos, E Commerce, Amazon Warehouses, Least 189 Times


Morning mail: Trump revives border wall fight, Labor poll lead, Boeing safety questions

Tuesday: Democrats reject Trump’s 2020 spending proposal. Plus: the safety of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 under the microscope Good morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Tuesday 12 March. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Boeing, Trump, Helen Sullivan


Labor comfortably ahead of Coalition in Guardian Essential poll

ALP leads the two-party preferred measure 53% to 47% coinciding with a messy period for the governmentLabor is comfortably ahead of the Coalition in the latest Guardian Essential poll, and just over half of the voters in this fortnight’s sample, particularly voters under 34, worry Australia is not doing enough to address climate change.The latest survey of 1,089 voters has Labor in front of the Morrison government on the two-party preferred measure 53% to 47%, compared to 52% to 48% two weeks ag...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Morrison, ALP, Michael McCormack, Essential poll, Guardian Essential