Reporting has uncovered a number of issues within Amazon’s vast logistics network. Some, like the urinating in bottles in order to hit quotas, fainting on the job, or developing repetitive strain injuries. Others have been freak accidentscrushed by a forklift in Indiana, the onekilled by a truck in Pennsylvania, or the two instances of … [Read more...] about Sanders, AOC, and Others Demand Workplace Safety Investigation of Amazon
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“He kind of startled me,” Moore recalled. “He says, ‘Well, what are you doing here?’ I say, ‘We’re here doing our annual vegetation inspection.’ Then he asks for ID. I say, ‘No problem.’ He takes a picture of my ID and says I need to get a different one. I’ve had that ID for years. It’s kind of dark, and I’m more of a dark-skinned black guy, but you can still see me.” … [Read more...] about Black Firefighter Conducting City-Mandated Inspections in Oakland Hills, Calif., Questioned by Residents, Reported to Police
Meanwhile, on social media platforms, people are encouraging others to steer clear of Amazon-owned products and platforms like Kindle, Audible, Goodreads, IMDB, Whole Foods, Comixology, Amazon Web Services, and Twitch. During this time period, however, Twitch is also running its own Prime Day event titled “Twitch Sells Out,” which may not have been the most amazing naming choice in light of the whole strike thing. Twitch describes Twitch Sells Out as a “shoppertainment-style program” in which popular streamers talk up deals in the ever-fertile fields of gaming, electronics, and of course, “related products.” All of this has sparked a debate about what exactly it means to cross a picket line when the company in question has its fingers in innumerable pies and you’re a contractor on a platform where a couple days of radio silence can be ruinous. … [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
In another tweet, Pompeo calls out white women who don’t “stand with your sisters on the front lines” and “cut side deals.” While she didn’t specifically name any actresses in the tweet, it could likely have been directed at Julianne Hough. After being fired alongside Union, Hough told Variety: “I had a wonderful time on America’s Got Talent, I loved working with the cast, crew, and producers. I am happy to continue my working relationship with NBC.” She has two Christmas specials at the network airing later this month. … [Read more...] about SAG-AFTRA Launches Investigation Into Gabrielle Union’s Firing From
“The challenge is you’re trying to take workers who were reasonably well paid, far into their career, and train them for a new type of job,” says Carolyn J. Heinrich, the lead investigator in the aforementioned DOL study and a professor of public policy at Vanderbilt University. “Workers come out and earn entry level wages. In no way do they earn what they were making in the past.” Mobility is an issue, too. “Some of the jobs they trained for will be in other states—if you’re paying off a mortgage on a house, or kids in high school, you’re not going to be able to move very easily.” … [Read more...] about Amazon Says It Will Retrain Workers It’s Automating Out of Jobs. But Does ‘Upskilling’ Even Work?