Tag: Labor

Apple’s 2019 supplier report shows progress on labor and health issues

Though Apple designs its own products, it leaves both component supply and final assembly to third-party suppliers — companies that collectively employ armies to serve Apple’s needs. Since those companies aren’t always compliant with local laws or Apple’s own standards of conduct, Apple produces an annual guide to their performance, called […]

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“London Cries”: the merchants’ patter of 19th Century London

One genre of 19th Cen illustrated pamphlet was the “Cries of London” (previously), which celebrated the market traders’ characteristic sales patter, which were catalogued as a kind of urban birdsong. Aunt Busy Bee’s New London Cries (1852) is a lovely example of the genre, both for its lively illustrations and the wonderful pitches […]

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Google ends forced arbitration contracts for workers after googler uprising

The waves of protests and walkouts that swept Google last year had many grievances and concerns, from the company’s Pentagon contract to supply AI for drones to the secret creation of a censored search tool for the Chinese market, but one central flashpoint was the revelation that the company had paid Android exec $90 […]

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AFL-CIO open letter to game devs: things won’t get better until you unionize

In the wake of Blizzard/Activision’s announcement of mass layoffs following record profits, Liz Shuler of the AFL-CIO has published an open letter on Kotaku addressed to workers in the notoriously abusive video game industry, calling on them to unionize as the only path to a fair deal. My question is this: what […]

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Trump’s properties routinely employed (and abused) undocumented Latinx workers, including dozens from a single Costa Rican town

The Washington Post tracked down workers from Santa Teresa de Cajon in Costa Rica, who say that they and their neighbors were part of a “pipeline” from Central America to Trump properties in New Jersey and elsewhere, where they worked doing construction, groundskeeping, and cleaning, with the full knowledge of their supervisors and Trump […]

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DC area unemployment falls to 3 percent

WASHINGTON — On the heels of a strong December jobs report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has released November jobs data for major metropolitan areas. The Washington region’s unemployment rate in November fell to 3.0 percent, from 3.2 percent in October, and down from 3.5 percent a year earlier. The numbers are not seasonally adjusted. […]

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Incredibly detailed technical guide to camgirling is a mix of advanced retail psychology and advice on performing emotional labor

Aella was a top-earning, top-ranked camgirl who performed sex shows over the internet for money, using the popular Myfreecams platform; she quit a year ago, and has written an incredibly detailed, soup-to-nuts primer on getting started camgirling, though she warns that some of her advice is out of date. There’s remarkably little here […]

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The top AI scientist who quit Google over Chinese censorship plans details the hypocrisy that sent him packing

Jack Poulson is the former Google Senior Research Scientist who quit the company’s machine learning division over Project Dragonfly, the company’s secret plan to build a censoring Chinese search engine designed to help the country’s spies surveil dissident search activity. In an editorial on The Intercept, Poulson describes the series of events that […]

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Competitive book-sorting event pits New York library workers against Washington State’s

Big library systems struggling with the task of sorting interbranch requests for distribution on the library’s delivery vehicles can buy a $2 million Lyngsoe Systems Compact Cross Belt Sorter, whose conveyor takes precisely hand-placed materials down a line of bins, scanning each item and tipping it into a bin destined for the right branch. […]

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The Backlash to the GOP’s Union-Bashing Has Begun in Earnest

Has the Republican Party’s grand experiment in union-busting finally come to an end? Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, rose to national prominence in 2011 when he passed a landmark bill dealing a blow to unions in the state and across the country. With Act 10, Walker stripped public […]

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DC Council votes to overturn Initiative 77

WASHINGTON — Initiative 77 was overturned Tuesday by a vote of the D.C. Council. The measure, approved by D.C. voters in June, would have eliminated the city’s two-tier minimum wage system. It would have raised the minimum wage for tipped workers, such as waiters and bartenders, incrementally until their minimum wage matched that of other […]

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Chinese students, made to study Communism, are rising up for workers’ rights

In 1989, the Chinese government slaughtered pro-democracy student activists whose commitment to justice swept the nation; now they’re facing a new student uprising, one comprised of ardent Communist youth whose state-mandated education in the works of Marx, Lenin and Mao have prompted them to stand up for oppressed workers who labor in the for-profit […]

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#MeToo meets the #FightFor15 as McDonald’s workers walk out over sexual harassment

McDonald’s workers in ten US cities staged a mass walkout last week, demanding that the company take action on the rampant sexual abuse and harassment in its franchisees’ stores; as the workers pointed out, the company surveils and controls their every move on-shift down to the minutest detail, but can’t seem to find any […]

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Exploring the ruins of a Toys R Us, discovering a trove of sensitive employee data

[embedded content] When the private equity raiders who took over Toys R Us, saddled it up with debt, extracted $200,000,000 and then crashed it, they took the employee severance fund with them, but that wasn’t the final indignity the titans of finance inflicted on the workforce before turning them out on the unemployment line. […]

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Google’s censored Chinese search engine links every search to the user’s phone number

Google’s Project Dragonfly was a secret prototype search engine intended to pave the way for the company’s return to China; it featured censored search results that complied with Chinese state rules banning searches for topics like “human rights,” “student protest” and “Nobel prize.” Leaked details of Dragonfly, reported in The Intercept, paint a […]

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Brett Kavanaugh dissent shows how far he’ll go to side with the boss over workers

Brett Kavanaugh It’s starting to look like a requirement of being nominated to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump is having at least one gratuitously, ludicrously anti-worker dissent in your record. Neil Gorsuch had the frozen trucker, and as for Brett Kavanaugh, Dave Jamieson offers a candidate. Kavanaugh was the lone dissenter on a case in […]

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Is a federal agency encouraging discrimination against employees who support gay rights?

US Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta (L) and US President Donald Trump clap during a Hispanic Heritage Month event in the East Room of the White House October 6, 2017, in Washington, DC. The Trump administration is never idle when it comes to attacking civil rights—from the smallest regulation to the most pivotal court […]

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What It Means To Buy A Video Game

Videos games are an expensive hobby, often demanding a great deal of trust whenever you buy a new one. Buying a game winds up being a number of things. A purchase is a gamble. It’s an encouragement. It’s a participation in exploitation. And it’s a conversation with the many people who brought you the game. […]

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Betsy DeVos’s multimillion yachts fly foreign flags because paying taxes isn’t ‘America first’

Remember a couple of weeks ago, when one of Betsy DeVos’s $40 million yachts was untied from a dock in Ohio? DeVos’s SeaQuest Yacht, docked in Huron was left unmoored overnight. Conservatives everywhere freaked out that communists were attacking American patriots and poor Betsy DeVos might have to pay to have some painting touchups done to the […]

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