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President Joe Biden plans to sign executive orders boosting workers' rights and pushing for a $15 minimum wage for federal staff

President Joe Biden. Susan Walsh/AP President Joe Biden plans to sign two executive orders Friday focused on workers' rights. One will ensure people can still claim employment benefits if they turn down a job that poses a risk to their health. The other paves the way to further legislation on Biden's promise of a $15 hourly minimum wage. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Joe Biden has planned a series of actions aimed at raising the minimum wage for federal staf...
Tags: Politics, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Minimum Wage, Gop, New York Times, Biden, Donald Trump, Workers Rights, Worker Rights, Department of Labor, National Economic Council, Brian Deese, Deese, Minimum Wage Increase


Biden plans to sign executive orders boosting workers' rights and pushing for a $15 minimum wage for federal staff

President Joe Biden. Susan Walsh/AP President Joe Biden plans to sign two executive orders Friday focused on workers' rights. One will ensure people can still claim employment benefits if they turn down a job that poses a risk to their health. The other paves the way to further legislation on Biden's promise of a $15 hourly minimum wage. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Joe Biden has planned a series of actions aimed at raising the minimum wage for federal staf...
Tags: Politics, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Minimum Wage, Gop, New York Times, Biden, Donald Trump, Workers Rights, Worker Rights, Department of Labor, National Economic Council, Brian Deese, Deese, Minimum Wage Increase


A former Alibaba driver set fire to himself amid growing concerns about Chinese labor laws

Alibaba founder Jack Ma in January 2018. Wang HE/Getty Images A delivery driver set himself on fire following a pay dispute with a partner of Alibaba subsidiary Ele.me, reported Tuesday. "I want my blood and sweat money back," driver Liu Jin said in videos of the incident. He now has medical bills of more than 1 million yuan ($150,000). In December, a 22-year-old Chinese tech worker died. Her death was widely attributed to the "996" work culture that dominates the industry. Visit Busines...
Tags: Apple, News, China, US, Trends, Walmart, Beijing, Hsbc, Alibaba, Retail, Food Delivery, Workers Rights, Jack Ma, Weibo, Ele.me, Liu


An Alibaba driver set fire to himself amid growing concerns about Chinese labor laws

Alibaba founder Jack Ma in January 2018. Wang HE/Getty Images A delivery driver set himself on fire following a pay dispute with a partner of Alibaba subsidiary Ele.me, reported Tuesday. "I want my blood and sweat money back," driver Liu Jin said in videos of the incident. He now has medical bills of more than 1 million yuan ($150,000). In December, a 22-year-old Chinese tech worker died. Her death was widely attributed to the "996" work culture that dominates the industry. Visit Busines...
Tags: Apple, News, China, US, Trends, Walmart, Beijing, Hsbc, Alibaba, Retail, Food Delivery, Workers Rights, Jack Ma, Weibo, Ele.me, Liu


Italian court rules against ‘discriminatory’ Deliveroo rider ranking algorithm

A court in Italy has dealt a blow to unalloyed algorithmic management after a legal challenge brought by three unions. The Bologna court ruled that a reputational ranking algorithm used by on-demand food delivery platform Deliveroo discriminated against gigging delivery workers by breaching local labor laws. The ruling, reported earlier in the Italian press, found Deliveroo’s ranking algorithm discriminated against delivery couriers because it did not distinguish between legally protection re...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Tech, Eu, Italy, Netherlands, Workers Rights, Frank Field, Ola, Bologna, Deliveroo, Ansa, Sarzana, Algorithmic Accountability, Algorithmic Management


Chatbot advice for lockdown-hit workers

Luma, a new legal advice chatbot, will help people navigate daunting workplace disputes The post Chatbot advice for lockdown-hit workers appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Technology, Unemployment, National, Legal Advice, Luma, CCMA, Chatbots, Top Six, Coronavirus, South Africa (country, COVID-19, Workers’ Rights, Grace Chichanga


Google Hit With Surprise Labor Rights Complaint Over Fired Workers

The National Labor Relations Board filed a surprise complaint on Wednesday accusing Google of illegally surveilling and firing two workers who had tried to form a union at the tech giant. What’s so surprising? The Trump administration isn’t exactly known as a defender of labor rights.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Workers, Labor Rights, Workers Rights, National Labor Relations Board, Trump, Laurence Berland, Kathryn Spiers


Amazon workers and activism groups are staging Black Friday protests around the world, while the company tries to placate workers with $300 holiday bonuses

Garment workers in Bangladesh join the "Make Amazon Pay" protests on Black Friday, 2020. Sommilito Garment Sramik Federation A coalition of Amazon workers, unions, and activism groups began protesting against Amazon on Black Friday. The "Make Amazon Pay group" gave the company a list of demands that included raising workers' pay, putting an end to union-busting, and taking climate action.  Amazon workers in Germany have downed tools and garment workers in Bangladesh are protesting outside...
Tags: Amazon, Black Friday, UK, London, Unions, Australia, Germany, US, Trends, Philippines, Bangladesh, Oxfam, Greenpeace, Workers Rights, GMB, Dhaka


Amazon is using union-busting Pinkerton spies to track warehouse workers and labor movements at the company, according to a new report

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Amazon has hired detectives with the infamous Pinkerton spy agency to monitor European workers' labor union organizing efforts, per a Motherboard report. The outlet obtained leaked documents from Amazon's Global Security Operations Center, where data analysts can easily track workers' union organizing activities down to the date, time, and location. Pinkerton spies have a history of busting up unions: Their involvement in a steelworke...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Europe, New York, News, Americas, US, Trends, Eu, Retail, Motherboard, Greenpeace, Jeff Bezos, Workers Rights, Tech Companies, Afp


Black staff at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative are 'underpaid, undervalued, and marginalized,' a former employee said in a racial discrimination filing

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg attend the 2020 Breakthrough Prize Red Carpet at NASA Ames Research Center on November 03, 2019 in Mountain View, California. Ian Tuttle/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize A former Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) employee has filed a racial discrimination claim against the philanthropy initiative, owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan. Black staff at CZI are "underpaid, undervalued, denied growth opportunities, and marginaliz...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Racism, Hawaii, Donald Trump, Workers Rights, Black Lives Matter, Black, Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Trump, Racial Inequality, CHAN, Mountain View California


Florida just became the most conservative state yet to approve a $15 minimum wage. This could raise wages for 2.5 million workers, supporters said.

The move will benefit service workers the most, according to the Florida Policy Institute. Brendan McDermid/Reuters Florida voters on Tuesday approved an amendment to increase the state's minimum wage from $8.56 to $15 by 2026. Nearly 61% of voters voted in favour of the amendment, making Florida the eighth state — and the most conservative yet — to approve a $15 hourly minimum wage. Minimum wage will rise to $11.98 for tipped employees, adjusted annually based on inflation. This will incr...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Minimum Wage, House Of Representatives, Wages, Donald Trump, Inequality, Workers Rights, Orlando, Election 2020, John Morgan, New York Florida


Florida just became the most conservative state yet to approve a $15 minimum wage

The move will benefit service workers the most, according to the Florida Policy Institute. Brendan McDermid/Reuters Florida voters on Tuesday approved an amendment to increase the state's minimum wage from $8.56 to $15 by 2026. Nearly 61% of voters voted in favour of the amendment, making Florida the eighth state — and the most conservative yet — to approve a $15 hourly minimum wage. Minimum wage will rise to $11.98 for tipped employees, adjusted annually based on inflation. This will incr...
Tags: Florida, Politics, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Minimum Wage, House Of Representatives, Wages, Donald Trump, Inequality, Workers Rights, Orlando, Election 2020, John Morgan, New York Florida


Community health workers — could Covid-19 finally unlock their role in the NHI?

In the absence of action from the health department, South Africa’s community health workers are once again having to fight for their rights, with a nationwide strike planned from 9 November. The post Community health workers — could Covid-19 finally unlock their role in the NHI? appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Health, Workers, Public Health, South Africa, Strike, Health policy, Workers Rights, Outsourcing, Working Conditions, National Health Insurance, Health Department, NHI, Treatment Action Campaign, Universal Healthcare, Community Health Workers, Top Six


Constitutional Court ruling on restructuring dispute is good for employers

A judgment from the apex court empowers employers to change their workers’ contracts — without consultation The post Constitutional Court ruling on restructuring dispute is good for employers appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Jobs, Workers, National, Workers Rights, Constitutional Court, Labour Court, Employers, Top Six, Labour Relations Act, South Africa (country, Retrenchments, Section 189, Avenge, Dismissals, Greg Fourie, National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa


A new lawsuit accuses Uber of 'intentional race discrimination,' claiming the star-rating system it has used to fire drivers is biased

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / Getty Images A former Uber driver has filed a lawsuit accusing the ride-hailing firm of "intentional race discrimination" by using customers' star ratings to fire drivers. Uber dismissed the driver, Thomas Liu, from San Diego, in 2015 because his star rating fell below 4.6, according to the lawsuit. Liu argues that passengers rated him unfairly because of his race. The lawsuit estimates that the company has fired "likely hundreds, if not thousands" of nonwhite Uber dr...
Tags: Uber, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, San Diego, Starbucks, Court Case, Discrimination, Workers Rights, Racial Discrimination, Ridesharing, Forbes, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Liu, Liss Riordan


Uber fires ethnic minority drivers based on a 'racially-biased' star-rating system, a new lawsuit claims. It accuses Uber of 'intentional race discrimination.'

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / Getty Images A former Uber driver has filed a lawsuit against the taxi firm, accusing it of "intentional race discrimination" by user star-ratings to fire drivers. Uber dismissed the driver, Thomas Liu, from San Diego, in 2015 because his star rating fell below 4.6. Liu claims passengers rated him unfairly because of his race. The company has fired "likely hundreds, if not thousands" of ethnic minority Uber drivers because of its star-rating policy, the lawsuit claime...
Tags: Uber, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Customers, San Diego, Starbucks, Court Case, Discrimination, Workers Rights, Racial Discrimination, Forbes, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Liu, Liss Riordan


Uber’s ‘robo-firing’ of drivers targeted in latest European lawsuit

Uber is facing another legal challenge in Europe related to algorithmic decision making. The App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU) filed a case, yesterday, with a court in the Netherlands seeking to challenge the ride hailing company’s practice of ‘robo-firing’ — aka the use of automated systems to identify fraudulent activity and terminate drivers based on that analysis. Under EU law individuals subject to solely automated decisions have a right to request a human review. Article 22 of the Gen...
Tags: TC, Uber, Europe, Lawsuit, UK, London, India, Tech, Eu, Artificial Intelligence, Netherlands, Portugal, Birmingham, Workers Rights, Gdpr, Lisbon Portugal


4 Democratic senators demand Jeff Bezos respond to allegations that Amazon spies on staff and undermines their right to unionize

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, and Brian Schatz of Hawaii. Samuel Corum, Win McNamee, Drew Angerer Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Inc, all via Getty Images Four Democratic senators have demanded that Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos respond to allegations that the company spies on its staff and undermines their right to unionize. The four Democratic senators accused the company of "secret anti-worker tactics" that amount to "unethical...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, New York, Elizabeth Warren, US, Trends, Eu, E-commerce, Philippines, Hawaii, Trade unions, Retail, Union, Unionization, Jeff Bezos, State Of California


German Amazon workers are striking on Prime Day after it scrapped their COVID-19 bonus payments

Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images German Amazon workers are striking during the company's Prime Day, a two-day discount event. Workers at seven Amazon warehouses in cities including Leipzig and Koblenz are striking in shifts to avoid large crowds. Amazon staff have been working "without adequate protection" during the pandemic, and the company has scrapped its coronavirus bonus, German trade union Verdi said. An Amazon spokesman told Business Insider that the strikes will have no impact...
Tags: Amazon, Germany, US, Trends, E-commerce, Ford, Trade unions, Retail, Workers Rights, Amazon Prime Day, Leipzig, Verdi, Koblenz, Reuters, American Chamber of Commerce, UNI Global Union


Domestic workers face a lonely battle against abuse

Behind closed doors, domestic workers are vulnerable to workplace violence and abuse, with little recourse against their employers The post Domestic workers face a lonely battle against abuse appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Abuse, National, Workers Rights, Sweepsouth, Domestic Workers, Openaccess, South Africa (country, The Editors Picks, Gender-based Violence, Florence Sosiba, Khabonina Mkhonza, Martha Lesu, Pinky Mashiane, Solidarity Centre, United Domestic Workers Of South Africa


American sex workers can now legally unionize

Brandi Campbell is a sex worker, specifically a stripper. Since 2016, she's also run a blog for Stripper Labor Rights, that includes resources for other sex workers who want to protect themselves from exploitative labor issues. In 2018, Campbell had been working at the Centerfold Club in Columbus, Ohio. Although she was technically an independent contractor, the management still got pissed when they discovered her side gig, and subsequently fired her for allegedly violating "no touching" laws. T...
Tags: Post, News, Minnesota, Labor Rights, Wisconsin, Sex Work, Strippers, Nevada, Workers Rights, National Labor Relations Board, Nlrb, Sex Workers, Campbell, COLUMBUS Ohio, Rick, NLRA


Workers rights rolled back as Covid-19 strikes

The economic crisis triggered by the pandemic has laid bare longstanding deficiencies in labour rights around the world The post Workers rights rolled back as Covid-19 strikes appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Business, Openaccess, International Trade Union Confederation, International Labour Organisation, Lockdown, Top Six, Coronavirus, South Africa (country, Unemployment Insurance Fund, COVID-19, Department Of Employment And Labour, Strike Balloting, Workers’ Rights


The Climate Case for the Four-Day Work Week

Jacinda Ardern has won a lot of rightful praise for New Zealand’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The nation has stood as an outlier with cases that have stayed low, and the country is beginning to reopen in what it hopes is a safe way. So maybe we should also be paying attention to what their ideas are for a…Read more...
Tags: Work, Science, New Zealand, Workers Rights, Leisure Time, Jacinda Ardern, Leisure Society, Coronavirus


"Tonight We Riot" is a brutal 8-bit side scroller about worker liberation

There's a lot of overlap between the friends of mine who are fervent video game enthusiasts, and those who are the most belligerent anarcho-syndicalists / anarcho-communists / other Revolutionary Leftist sects — and they have all been singing the praises of "Tonight We Riot," the video game that even Variety calls, "an unapologetically political, socialist game about worker liberation in the face of overpowering capitalism." The official description reads: A revolutionary crowd-based retro brawl...
Tags: Video, Texas, News, Video Games, Socialism, Nintendo, Riots, Workers Rights, Revolutions, Say You Want A Revolution, Pixel Pushers Union 512, Tonight We Riot, Pixel Pushers Union, Dissent Is Patriotic, Workers Liberation


Workers Are Being 'Turned In' By Employers For Not Coming to Work During the Pandemic

Are you afraid of going to work during a global pandemic that’s sickened over 1.25 million Americans and killed more than 75,000? Fuck you. At least that’s the message from state officials in Ohio, where roughly 1,200 workers have been “turned in” by their employers for staying home. And states like Pennsylvania,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Republicans, Workers, Unemployment, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Workers Rights, Mike DeWine, Kimberly Hall, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Democratics


Here are some songs about unions and workers' rights, to raise money for COVID-19 relief funds

I've had a busy few weeks of moving and renovating my home in the middle of a pandemic while also trying to work a full-time. So naturally, I decided to relax by … making a 4-song live EP of protest songs about unions and workers, to raise money for the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund for essential workers. Today in particular is not only International Worker's Day, but the music site BandCamp is also waiving their fees their day — so 100% of money you send my way for this pay-what-you-wan...
Tags: Video, News, Massachusetts, Labor Rights, Protest Songs, Workers Rights, Bandcamp, Organize, Labor Union, May Day, Essential Workers, Protest Songs Socialist Tunes, COVID-19, Quarantine Entertainment, Quarantine Life, International Worker's Day


It's International Worker's Day, so here's a look at a day in the life of a labor organizer

Nastaran Mohit is the organizing director of the NewsGuild of New York, which represents more than 24,000 journalists and media workers in the US and Canada. I've met her through her work with the Wirecutter Union, and she's also helped to organize workers at The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, and more. Teen Vogue recently published a great piece on Mohit, breaking down a day in her life — which is, as one might imagine, made even more complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. But Na...
Tags: Post, News, Unions, US, Nas, Canada, Labor Rights, Union, Workers Rights, Teen Vogue, Mohit, Labor Union, There Is Power In A Union, A Living Wage For Every Worker, NewsGuild of New York, NewsGuild


Coronavirus outbreak leads to beef production cuts at Cargill plant in Canada that supplies McDonald's patties

The plant is “built around efficiency,” keeping workers in close quarters and making it impossible to social distance, Cargill says Smithfield Foods, Inc. recently closed a major pork processing plant in South Dakota, after workers were sickened with coronavirus in what has since become an outbreak hotspot. Now, U.S.-owned Cargill is cutting production at one of Canada's biggest beef-packing plants, after several dozen Cargill meat processing workers there were confirmed ill with the new coro...
Tags: Meat, Food, Post, Business, News, Labor, Animals, Beef, Workers, Public Health, Canada, South Dakota, Labor Rights, Outbreak, Cargill, Workers Rights


Four US senators write Jeff Bezos to ask how Amazon protects workers from COVID-19

Four senators, including Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, have written a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to ask what measures are being taken to protect warehouse workers from COVID-19. The coronavirus outbreak that causes this deadly disease has now infected more than 20,000 people throughout America. “The senators sent the letter two days after the first US-based Amazon warehouse worker tested positive for COVID-19,” reports Jay Peters at The Verge: The group of senators is...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Business, News, Labor, Cdc, US, America, Jeff Bezos, Workers Rights, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Bezos, Bob Menendez, Sherrod Brown, Jay Peters


What the late, great James Connolly got right about socialism and oligarchies

I've written here before to mention that I perform lengthy sets of Irish folk music around St. Patrick's Day*, and there are quite a few of those popular pub songs that include (well-deserved, IMHO) shout-outs to James Connolly, a stalwart champion of workers' rights who was executed by British soldiers after the 1916 Easter Rising. As I get older, I haven't found myself getting more conservative, like the Boomers told me I would; instead, I find myself realizing more and more that James Connoll...
Tags: Post, News, Navy, Post Office, Socialism, Workers Rights, Boomers, State, Boston Massachusetts, Connolly, Ithaca New York, Democratic Socialism, James Connolly, Oligarchy, State Railways, Turtle Swamp Brewery