The Guardian: Jailed for a Facebook post: garment workers’ rights at risk during Covid-19

The Guardian: Jailed for a Facebook post: garment workers’ rights at risk during Covid-19. “Several leading European fashion brands have launched investigations into allegations that factories in Myanmar are suppressing union activity under the guise of redundancies due to Covid-19 disruption. Workers in at least three factories making clothes for Zara, Primark and Mango have told the Guardian that managers are using Covid-19 disruptions as an excuse to dismiss hundreds of union members at different factories across the country.”

New York Times: The Radical Guidebook Embraced by Google Workers and Uber Drivers

New York Times: The Radical Guidebook Embraced by Google Workers and Uber Drivers. “Just before 20,000 Google employees left their desks last fall to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment, a debate broke out among the hundreds of workers involved in formulating a list of demands. Some workers argued that they could win fairer pay policies and a full accounting of harassment claims by filing lawsuits or seeking to unionize.”

Motherboard: 45 Google Employees Explain How They Were Retaliated Against for Reporting Abuse

Motherboard: 45 Google Employees Explain How They Were Retaliated Against for Reporting Abuse. “Sexual harassment, gaslighting, broken promises of promotion, gender-based discrimination, and racism. Motherboard has obtained a document written by 45 different Google employees alleging they’ve experienced of all the above. The document lays bare how working at Google—a company whose motto was once ‘don’t be evil’—has become really hard for a lot of people.”

Google age discrimination case: Supervisor called me ‘grandpa’, engineer claims (The Register)

The Register: Google age discrimination case: Supervisor called me ‘grandpa’, engineer claims. “Google has been hit by another age discrimination lawsuit, just two months after the search giant settled a previous case brought by over 200 people. In his complaint, Rodney Broome accuses Google of age discrimination, harassment based on age, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and non-payment of overtime.”

MarketWatch: Google ordered not to stifle its employees’ ability to speak about work

MarketWatch: Google ordered not to stifle its employees’ ability to speak about work. “Under the settlement with the National Labor Relations Board, Google said, the company will post notices to remind employees of their federal rights. That includes the ability to talk to each other about workplace conditions and push for changes such as pay raises and safety improvements.”

Recode: Dozens of Google employees say they were retaliated against for reporting harassment

Recode: Dozens of Google employees say they were retaliated against for reporting harassment. “Nearly a year after Google’s #MeToo walkout, a previously unreported internal document details dozens of employees’ stories of harassment and retaliation for reporting workplace issues.”

Motherboard: Google Contractors Are Unionizing With a Steel Workers Union

Motherboard: Google Contractors Are Unionizing With a Steel Workers Union. “Contract workers at Google’s office in Philadelphia have just announced their intention to unionize. 66 percent of the eligible contractors at a company called HCL America Inc., signed cards seeking union representation, according to the United Steel Workers union.”

CNET: YouTubers Union has big demands. Google won’t negotiate

CNET: YouTubers Union has big demands. Google won’t negotiate. “After a year and a half of waiting, the YouTubers Union demanded YouTube respond to its complaints by Friday or one of the world’s biggest traditional labor unions would take the video site and parent company Google to court. Hours before the deadline, Google answered: The company will meet, but it won’t negotiate.”

The Verge: Google spooks employee activists with new guidelines for political speech at work

The Verge: Google spooks employee activists with new guidelines for political speech at work. “Google has updated its employee guidelines to caution against unnecessary political debate and improper disclosure of company information. Unveiled on Friday, the guidelines direct Googlers to be respectful in all internal communications, with prohibitions against trolling or blanket statements against groups of people that make fellow employees unwelcome.”

Motherboard: Google Employee Alleges Discrimination Against Pregnant Women in Viral Memo

Motherboard: Google Employee Alleges Discrimination Against Pregnant Women in Viral Memo. “A memo written by a Google employee that accuses the company of discriminating and retaliating against her for being pregnant has been seen by more than 10,000 employees at the internet giant, Motherboard has learned.”

VOX: Measuring the welfare effects of AI and automation

VOX: Measuring the welfare effects of AI and automation . “Artificial intelligence promises economic growth as well as creating fear for those whose jobs it may replace. This column takes a wider approach to examining how AI and other technologies will affect citizens’ welfare beyond just their income. It argues that the new technologies are intrinsically neither good nor bad, it is how they are deployed and how the transition is crafted that conditions the welfare dynamics of societies.”

Washington Post: Inside Facebook, the second-class workers who do the hardest job are waging a quiet battle

Washington Post: Inside Facebook, the second-class workers who do the hardest job are waging a quiet battle. “The thousands of people who do the bulk of Facebook’s work keeping the site free of suicides, massacres and other graphic posts are not Facebook employees. As contractors employed by outsourcing firms, these content moderators don’t get Facebook’s cushy six-month maternity leave, aren’t allowed to invite friends or family to the company cafeteria, and earn a starting wage that is 14 percent of the median Facebook salary.”

Bloomberg: Googlers Protest Retaliation; Even Some Facebook Staff Join Fray

Bloomberg: Googlers Protest Retaliation; Even Some Facebook Staff Join Fray. “At over a dozen offices of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, workers staged sit-ins, with the largest protests drawing hundreds of workers, according to people who attended. Employees told personal stories about suffering retaliation, and in some cases discussed the possibility of forming a union. At Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, an employee activist in a cowboy hat handed out flyers to passersby, while discouraging workers from talking to a reporter. In New York, the largest protest, the group posed for a photograph. The organizers then posted it on Twitter – with all the faces blurred out.”

Abacus: Chinese companies are making their employees post ads for them

Abacus: Chinese companies are making their employees post ads for them. “Whether it’s Facebook or Twitter, many of us consider social platforms a place to share our curated personal thoughts. In China, though, people are finding it increasingly difficult to keep work from seeping into their private life online. Workers have been taking to the internet in droves, saying they have been ordered by employers to share company ads with friends in their private WeChat accounts. Some even say their bosses have asked to check their posts to make sure they comply.”