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Amazon warehouse workers organized to demand PTO, and coronavirus clinched it

Amazon never tires of explaining how great it is to work at one of its warehouses, but as usual the actual employees tell a different story. This particular group of Chicago workers was fed up with the company failing to provide paid time off or vacation it promised to part-time workers. They organized; Amazon resisted; ...

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 ...

At Wayfair, ~550 workers laid off in ‘Valentine’s Day Massacre’

An estimated 550 people who worked at Wayfair lost their jobs last Thursday, in what has been dubbed Wayfair's 'Valentine's Day Massacre.'

The layoffs included 350 workers at the online shopping firm's Boston headquarters.

“I thought I would be an insider to what was happening — I was completely blind-sided," one former HR employee said.

From Mary Hanbury's ...

When contracting with Chinese manufacturers, it’s very hard to avoid forced labor

The China Law Blog (previously) is one of my favorite sources of insight into the secret workings of the businesses that produce the majority of the world's daily-use goods.

The latest post, Forced Labor in China: Don’t trust AND verify, is a sobering example: Fred Rocafort describes how even cursory audits of labor practices ...

Top tech grads are increasingly unwilling to work for Big Tech, viewing it as a new, unethical Wall Street

About five years ago, I was trying to get a bunch of Big Tech companies to take the right side of an urgent online civil rights fight, and I called an old friend who was very senior at one of the biggest tech companies in the world; they told me that it wasn't going to ...

The Communications Workers of America is seeking to unionize tech and video game workers

This week, the Communications Workers of America -- one of the largest industrial unions in the country -- launched the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE), which seeks to unionize people working for game and tech companies.

The CWA forged an alliance with the grassroots labor group Game Workers Unite (a similar deal was struck in ...

Uber introduces ‘favorite drivers’ and new price displays for California users

Uber's making some interesting changes in California, but not for the usual reasons apps add new features. In an email received by customers in the Golden State, the ride-share giant revealed a small handful of new additions to the app. Attributed on... ...