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4 Democratic senators demand Jeff Bezos respond to allegations that Amazon spies on staff and undermines their right to unionize

Four Democratic senators have demanded that Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos respond to allegations that the company spies on its staff and undermines their right to unionize. The four Democratic senators accused the company of “secret anti-worker tactics” that amount to “unethical, and potentially unlawful, action.” The senators sent Bezos a […]
4 Democratic senators demand Jeff Bezos respond to allegations that Amazon spies on staff and undermines their right to unionize
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Amazon posted — and then deleted — a job listing for an ‘intelligence analyst’ to monitor workers’ efforts to unionize

Summary List Placement Amazon posted a job listing this week for an “intelligence analyst” tasked with monitoring workers’ efforts to unionize and reporting back to top executives at the company. The analyst’s job duties would also include gathering information for use in Amazon’s legal actions, including restraining orders against labour […]
Amazon posted — and then deleted — a job listing for an ‘intelligence analyst’ to monitor workers’ efforts to unionize
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Largest union federation in the US demands apology from Mark Zuckerberg over new software feature that would allow employers blacklist words like ‘unionize’ in chats

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka demanded a personal apology from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after it was revealed the company was working on a feature that could limit union drives. “The AFL-CIO demands that Mark Zuckerberg personally apologise to working people, pull this tool immediately, and conduct a board-level investigation into […]
Largest union federation in the US demands apology from Mark Zuckerberg over new software feature that would allow employers blacklist words like ‘unionize’ in chats
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Facebook designed a tool that would let employers blacklist words like ‘unionize’ in employee chats

Facebook reportedly touted the ability for employers using Workplace, its internal messaging product for business, to suppress employees’ discussions of unionization. The company gave an internal presentation debuting new features Wednesday, including the ability for employers to censor certain topics being discussed by employees. One example the presentation gave was […]
Facebook designed a tool that would let employers blacklist words like ‘unionize’ in employee chats
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‘This is why people are so angry’: Tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Uber built their empires on the backs of contractors. A pandemic is showing just how horrifically that model failed American workers.

Over the course of the last decade, the tech industry has spurred the rise of the gig economy. “Gig economy” has since become something of a catch-all phrase to describe many sorts of non-standard work: independent contracting, temping, or working for a third-party contract firm. Most companies in the tech […]
‘This is why people are so angry’: Tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Uber built their empires on the backs of contractors. A pandemic is showing just how horrifically that model failed American workers.
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Google employees are raising alarms about a new tool that keeps tabs on their internal meetings, but the company says it’s nothing to worry about

Google has developed a browser tool for internal use that can detect when employees are scheduling meetings involving large numbers of people, Bloomberg’s Ryan Gallagher reported Wednesday. Employees are worried that the tool is a kind of spyware meant to discourage labour activism or organisation. But Google’s official line is […]
Google employees are raising alarms about a new tool that keeps tabs on their internal meetings, but the company says it’s nothing to worry about