On the most depressing nights (Gawker RIP, the election) John let us smoke in the office.
I forgot to send one in but I did locate the exact day when Gawker crested and began to go downhill.
Because economic inequality is such a persistent, pervasive, and growing problem in America, many people assume that any solution to it must be very complicated. Not true! For example:
But first, stop complaining when someone wants to build an apartment building in your precious suburban neighborhood.
Urban sprawl is literally like the worst thing in the world. Its bad for the environment, its bad for a city’s tax base, its bad for our infrastructure, its bad for public health and its basically what caused a lot our issues with crime and segregation over the past few decades. White flight destroyed like half the…
The Catholic Church alone is (maybe was, haven’t checked in years) one of the 3 largest owners of real estate in New York City.
I remember the moment I realized I would never be store manager material: the moment where the regional HR chode was apoplectic on the phone that local employees might be trying to unionize and I had a duty to the corporation to keep them from meeting. I was, I believe, 17 at the time and the warehouse assistant…
I worked for Amazon for three years. As true as this article is, it will absolutely never happen. It needs to. Desperately. But it won’t.
I figured the Amazon warehouse worker pay had increased in the since HamNo’s 4 year old linked article. Turns out they have but not that much.
I work in lower management at a big retailer (the lowest management, actually), and I can confirm that the anti union propaganda is real, and intense. Our HR manager is essentially just a corporate marionette and union buster.
The most important post on this site in some time. The pendulum must be pushed back toward morally equitable balance between labor and ownership/capital. Apple, Google, and others, have already proven collusion to suppress tech work wages years ago.
IMO VR with leapfrog our full shift to automation. Retrofitting or building fully automated brick and mortar retailers is unbelievable expensive. To build out and maintain. You only see a healthy ROI after many many years. And it only really makes sense in super heavy traffic stores. No one is going to automate a…
You need a refresher on the history of the labor movement if you think skilled craftman was it’s driving force over replaceable workers.
Yeah, but I once heard that unions aren’t 100% perfect so corporations should be allowed to fuck everyone over with reckless abandon.
Excellent points. I would argue farmers are the most important workers in America, but as the driving force of capital in seems to be warehouse space, it can be said without a doubt that warehouse and logistics workers have been incredibly important, and will be continue to be so going forward.
There was an Undercover Boss episode at an order fulfillment center (maybe for REI) and the guy could not have been more incompetent or overwhelmed by the work. Apparently the lesson was lost on him immediately after the cameras stopped rolling.
Never worked for Amazon, but used to work for Whole Shitshow, and I’d really like to get a sense of whether those people are quaking in their boots right now (particularly store management) because their anti-union stance was so over the top. “We are BETTER than unions! Why would you want a union when you already have…
This is SO IMPORTANT. I only wish we had been able to unionize back when I was adjuncting for literally $3,500/class at an ivy league school. (We met with the teamsters (!) but progress was pretty slow.) No benefits, no healthcare.
It’s (was?) classic labor exploitation, too — if you made a fuss, there were hundreds of…
I’m going to keep this brief, so if anyone wants to argue a little more I can elaborate on stuff where I glazed over a seemingly big topic. You know what phrase I hear a lot from the unions? “We’re going back to the basics?” Pray tell union bosses, in what generation did you cultivate “the basics?” Mr. Saunders is a…
The irony being that Trump supporters in the Rust Belt are heavily unionized. Given the chance, Trump would fuck them all over.