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Saggio da San Frediano # 8 – Lost in Translation – Strike at Amazon in Italia

Peter Olney Stansbury Forum
Amazon has become a symbol of the new economy in Italy and the unions are determined to make these new workplaces, union fortresses. While Italian labor law has many advantages compared to our own, patient worker based organizing remains the fundamental building block of organizing.

This City Hall, Brought to You by Amazon

Danny Westneat The Seattle Times
A review of some of the bids to woo Amazon’s HQ2 to other cities and states shows it’s not all about the money. In some cases democracy itself is a bargaining chip.

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Amazon Workers Strike on Black Friday

Massimo Franchi il manifesto
Work at Amazon's distribution warehouses in Italy is backbreaking, and thousands of employees are part time and permanently on call. "It is a grim form of exploitation."

Amazon’s Last Mile and Its Utterly Expendable Couriers

Bryan Menegus Gizmodo
Amazon is a devilishly simple everything-store. You buy it. It shows up. Fast. But, at the bottom of its complicated machinery is a nearly invisible workforce tasked with getting those orders to your doorstep. It’s a network of supposedly self-employed, utterly expendable couriers enrolled in an app-based program which some believe may violate labor laws. It’s Amazon Flex, and it makes Amazon’s “last-mile” deliveries—the final trip from a local facility to the customer.

Monopoly Men

K. Sabeel Rahman Boston Review
After an eventful summer in Silicon Valley, there is blood in the water. At stake is democracy itself.

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China-Like Wages Now Part Of U.S. Employment Boom

Kenneth Rapoza Forbes
The China-esqsue income for the general labor pool might not spark a backlash against the Chinese, Washington's favorite punching bag. Instead, it will favor future political backlashes against globalization and the corporations seen driving up inequality -- and driving down mobility -- because of it.
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