Unions who represent Amazon workers have characterized its work conditions as “draconian” and physically demanding to the point of causing injury. Francisco Hervias, a worker who protested on Black Friday in Madrid last month, said at the time that he nearly lost his hand on the job. Eduardo Hernandez, another worker who protested, said that his doctor told him workers do “the equivalent of a marathon a day for five days straight at work.” Other protesters described feeling physical pain on the job. … [Read more...] about Amazon Workers in Spain and Germany Announce Strikes Ahead of Christmas: ‘Change Must Come Now’
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Adam Koebel, a tabletop-focused streamer who often speaks up about workers’ rights, initially expressed this viewpoint in even stronger terms, saying on Twitter that people should “buy shit for cheap today if it makes you happy, or boycott Amazon altogether” and apply a similar approach to Twitch, because ultimately “when we eat our comrades alive for not being left enough,” corporations and other powerful entities win. In a Twitter DM to Kotaku, however, Koebel said that he’d deleted his initial tweet because he realized it came across as flippant. What he was trying to convey, he said, was how Amazon has wormed its way into countless elements of our lives both on- and offline and how that makes expressing solidarity more complex than it might initially seem. … [Read more...] about Some Streamers Are Boycotting Twitch In Support Of The Amazon Prime Day Strike
Get to know your local shops I’ve heard this complaint before, and I’ve even made it myself: You haul yourself to a local retailer—maybe a book seller or outdoor shop—only to find they don’t have the thing you need. Before you end up frustrated in the middle of the store, save yourself the time and energy by calling your local shops before you get in the car. … [Read more...] about How to Do Your Holiday Shopping Without Amazon
Getting a phone call connected to Air Force One, even if you’re someone without any sort of prestige or military or diplomatic rank whatsoever, is apparently about as challenging as using sleight of hand on a dog—a really gullible dog who swallows car keys and constantly runs into the same glass door. … [Read more...] about Doubts About Amazon Prime,
According to the DOL report, other studies, and surveys of America’s failed experiments with retraining, there are a lot of reasons that reskilling programs flounder. Older workers are reluctant to reenter the classroom environment. Employees are wary of investing time, energy, and resources on retraining if there isn’t a guarantee that a job will be waiting for them when they’re done. Employers usually make retraining voluntary, after-hours, and don’t pay employees to undertake it. (Amazon, for its part, says it will cover 95 percent of tuition, and offers employees “paid study time” but doesn’t elaborate. The company did not respond to my request for comment.) And then employees face the challenges of entering a brand new field—and of being inexperienced in it. … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?
The good news is that despite some facilities dropping certain recyclable materials from their curbside programs altogether, cardboard is still pretty widely accepted. (You can do an online search for your program’s rules to be sure or use Earth911's search locator.) You might also search for any rules that pertain to whether you should remove tape from your packages; according to Recycle Bank, generally, you don’t have to worry about removing it as most facilities have a process to separate the tape from the box. … [Read more...] about How to Reuse and Recycle Your Amazon Boxes