“Our co-workers want to draw attention to the fact that it is again a Christmas without a collective agreement at Amazon,” strike leader Thomas Schneider, who works in Leipzig, said in a statement. “The company behaves like a big online Santa Claus. The employees, who process all incoming orders in the same important way, remain disregarded.” … [Read more...] about Amazon Workers in Spain and Germany Announce Strikes Ahead of Christmas: ‘Change Must Come Now’
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Josh Boykin, a video game critic who regularly streams on Twitch and who’s planning to host a Tacoma-themed discussion about mega-corporations on his first day back on Twitch later this week, agreed. “Amazon workers have striked many times beyond Prime Day, but taking these two days off in particular helps give more attention to their collective action and is a small way I can help raise awareness to their efforts,” he said to Kotaku in a DM. “I’ve benefited from being on Twitch, but Twitch and Amazon have both taken steps that seem to negatively affect the health and safety of the people that power their ecosystems. Whether it’s streamers experiencing harassment or workers in unfair labor conditions, I think, for those of us who have the ability, it’s worthwhile to take some time and make sure we’re all thinking about these issues and the many others that come with our work.” … [Read more...] about Some Streamers Are Boycotting Twitch In Support Of The Amazon Prime Day Strike
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
“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?
The VG batch came out much lighter and had an acrid, shoe-rubber taste for reasons unknown, while the PG batch was usable but unsatisfying. The tools for creating a “citrus” flavor aren’t in reach for hobbyists, so you’ll end up with “citrus peel”—which I’ll remind you, while fragrant, is the part of the fruit we don’t eat. … [Read more...] about Against Better Judgement, I Made My Own Vape Juice
"Well, the second we leave the atmosphere, things go to right to hell. Jenny, our escort, is complaining that we need to go back to get her dog. There are NO flat surfaces inside the rocket to snort coke off of. And Nicholson is just coming down from an acid trip and thinks there are snakes in the cockpit. And so there I am with Captain John Smithjones, trying to restore order to the cabin. 'You guys need to settle down, baby! This is the final frontier!' I give Nicholson a quick shot of liquid dramamine and give Jenny the backrub of her life, and things have settled down. Space is just like a movie set: You gotta keep everyone happy, even the little people. Anyway, Jenny ended up giving me a handjob just as a meteor was passing by ten feet away and it was FANTASTIC. I also did some light repair work to a satellite bridge. Evans is a natural at space dancing, baby!" … [Read more...] about Why You Can’t Talk About Pop Culture Like You Talk About Sports