MSP1, as this particular warehouse is called, has been a hotbed of labor unrest within Amazon’s network. While still a representative-elect, freshman lawmaker Ilhan Omar spoke to a crowd of activists and workers who marched on MSP1 in December, the first action of the sort on U.requested additional information about Amazon’s anti-union practices. … [Read more...] about Sanders, AOC, and Others Demand Workplace Safety Investigation of Amazon
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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
“Union’s story is deeply troubling on its own, but her experience is particularly problematic because it follows a pattern of NBCUniversal protecting the careers of powerful men at the expense of women who speak out,” Tchen adds, though we’d argue that Union’s story isn’t just her own, but ours, collectively. What Union’s experience exemplifies is that no amount of success will shield us from not just misogyny but the misogynoir that insists black women take up as little space as possible, even while cashing in on our cultural cachet. … [Read more...] about ‘Too Black,’ Too ‘Difficult,’ Too Honest: Why Gabrielle Union’s Firing Feels Painfully Familiar to Black Women
Deadline reports that sources within SAG-AFTRA claim the union “recognizes what a high profile and probably high wire act this is” as the official investigation moves forward. In a statement, SAG-AFTRA told the outlet: “We take issues of workplace health and safety very seriously. While we have taken steps to investigate this matter, we have nothing to report now.” The union also explained that investigations into Union’s claims “need to happen independently,” citing that all enforcement actions are “handled confidentially to protect the member involved.” … [Read more...] about SAG-AFTRA Launches Investigation Into Gabrielle Union’s Firing From
“What’s different here is you’ve got a company retraining its own workers for jobs it knows it’s going to be able to provide,” Heinrich says. She says that this entire initiative is probably borne out of a cost-benefit analysis that concluded the best way to fill currently empty and future roles in an extremely tight labor market was to invest in retraining its own workforce. Amazon is currently trying to fill 20,000 roles; retraining current employees who’ve proven amenable to Amazon for those and future jobs, at a cost of $7,000-per-employee, could be cheaper than recruiting. “You have to look at the employers’ perspective—what’s going to make them profitable and successful? It’s much easier for Amazon to have data on who they think is most likely to be successful in training, instead of having to go out and find these people. It should be a cost savings for them to do that within their own workforce.” … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?
Bored tech journalists rushed to cover the new images, which remain slightly shrouded in mystery since Google hasn’t acknowledged the new version of Glass. Breathless headlines describe the nearly identical upgrade as “sleeker” and “revamped.” But seriously, raise your hand if you tell the difference between old Glass: … [Read more...] about Google Glass Is Still a Bad Idea