What about your workers? Amazon’s Bezos gets grief for $2bn fund to help homeless & children

Amazon CEO and world’s richest man Jeff Bezos has invoked Twitter wrath for seemingly an all-around commendable cause – setting up a charity fund to fight homelessness and create a preschool network for the underprivileged. The so-called Day One Fund will be multi-billionaire businessman’s most significant foray into philanthropy to date. The 2$ billion pledged […]

Massachusetts gives workers new protections against noncompete clauses

Enlarge / Jimmy Johns required employees to sign noncompete agreements, a practice it dropped in 2016 after a lawsuit. (credit: J. Hendron) Tucked into an economic development bill signed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker earlier this month was a little-noticed provision that could have a big economic impact for Massachusetts workers. The language, introduced by […]

San Francisco’s housing market is so out of control, 60% of tech workers say they can’t afford homes

HBO The San Francisco Bay Area’s housing market is so bleak, even tech workers are struggling to buy a home there. A survey by Blind found that 59% of employees at Bay Area tech companies said they cannot afford homes. Cisco, eBay, and Intuit had the highest percentage of employees who said home ownership is […]

Homeless & migrant workers ‘exploited’ to clean up Fukushima radiation, UN warns

UN human rights experts have slammed the Japanese government for the alleged exploitation of “tens of thousands” of workers, as well as migrants and the homeless, said to be cleaning up the mangled Fukushima nuclear plant. In a three-way joint statement, released Thursday via the United Nations, the human rights experts detailed their deep concern […]

DC metro scraps plan for special trains for Unite the Right demonstrators after workers protest

Washington’s Metrorail authorities have abandoned the idea of providing dedicated trains for white nationalists expected to descend on the capital on the anniversary of Charlottesville riots after it was slammed by a trade union. “Metro will not be having a separate train, or a separate car, or anything separate for anybody at this event that […]

Trump dunks on billionaire GOP mega-donor Charles Koch for worrying about foreign workers

President Donald Trump slammed billionaire GOP mega donor Charles Koch for expressing concern for foreign workers hurt by Trump’s trade war. Koch said Trump’s policies hurt foreign workers, and Trump agreed, saying he put “AMERICA FIRST.” Trump’s latest attack on Koch plays off his previous one, in which he called him a “globalist.” Trump has […]

Amazon warehouse workers in Europe stage protest on Prime Day

Amazon warehouse workers in Germany, Spain and Poland are hoping to call the e-commerce giant’s attention to their plea for better working conditions by going on strike on Prime Day. The workers for the company’s fulfillment centers are protesting the increase in working hours even though they don’t receive bonuses, as well as the lack […]