Tag: Labor and Jobs

Why the Amazon Deal Collapsed: A Tech Giant Stumbles in N.Y.’s Raucous Political Arena

A senior executive from Amazon, one of the world’s biggest companies, led by the world’s richest person, found himself last weekend in a showdown with a suburban state senator. The executive, Brian Huseman, who is based in Washington D.C., was trying to find out whether the New York state senator, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, would exert more […]

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Amazon Isn’t Interested in Making the World a Better Place

The announcement on Thursday that Amazon has canceled its plan to build a headquarters in New York City is no victory. It’s no defeat, either. What it is, to use a Big Apple term, is meh, yet another indication that the dulcet attractions of tech have lost their charm for many and that the business […]

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Northern Virginia Is Keeping Amazon’s 25,000 Jobs and It Wants You to Know It

WASHINGTON — When Amazon canceled its plans to build an expansive corporate campus in New York City this week, officials more than 200 miles away in Northern Virginia decided to make a statement. Their region had its act together, they had been far more prepared and they were free of drama. That message came from […]

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No, You Can’t Ignore Email. It’s Rude.

I’m really sorry I didn’t say hi, make eye contact or acknowledge your presence in any way when you waved to me in the hallway the other day. It’s nothing personal. I just have too many people trying to greet me these days, and I can’t respond to everyone. That sounds ridiculous, right? You would […]

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New York Returns 25,000 Jobs to Amazon

“You have to be tough to make it in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio boasted, choosing to jeer at Amazon as it canceled its plans on Thursday to build a new headquarters in Queens, after some local officials angrily criticized its proposal. What a strange thing for the mayor to take pride in. […]

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Amazon’s Exit Forces a Reckoning for N.Y. Political Leaders

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Amazon’s sudden decision to cancel its plan to build a corporate campus in Long Island City, Queens, amounted to a stunning rejection for the two often-at-odds politicians who had heralded its arrival, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill […]

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XPO Logistics Will Close Warehouse Where Some Pregnant Workers Miscarried

XPO Logistics will close a Memphis warehouse where employees had complained about widespread discrimination and a number of pregnant workers had miscarriages. The company said it would close the site because Verizon, whose cellphones and other products XPO ships from the warehouse, had decided to stop using the facility. The moves followed a New York […]

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Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Amazon said on Thursday that it was canceling plans to build a corporate campus in New York City. The company had planned to build a sprawling complex in Long Island City, Queens, in exchange for nearly $3 billion in […]

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The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Looks Like

Everyone is lining up to endorse the Green New Deal — or to mock it. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand have all endorsed the resolution sponsored by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts. Conservative critics predictably call it “a shocking document” and “a […]

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Europe’s Middle Class Is Shrinking. Spain Bears Much of the Pain.

MADRID — Raquel Navarro downed an early-morning coffee, kissed her husband goodbye and hurried from her family’s spacious brick home in a suburb north of the Spanish capital. The successful events business she had owned for a decade slowly crumbled when Europe’s financial crisis hit. Now, after dropping her two young children at school, she […]

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Feature: The Secret History of Women in Coding

As a teenager in Maryland in the 1950s, Mary Allen Wilkes had no plans to become a software pioneer — she dreamed of being a litigator. One day in junior high in 1950, though, her geography teacher surprised her with a comment: “Mary Allen, when you grow up, you should be a computer programmer!” Wilkes […]

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Big City: Can a Progressive Case Be Made for Amazon HQ2?

On Friday afternoon, as the wind blew off the Anable Basin through the site of Amazon’s prospective campus in Queens, Jimmy Van Bramer took a phone call. The city councilman has been one of the fiercest antagonists of the deal that would reward Amazon’s expansion in New York to a seemingly limitless degree. Corey Johnson, […]

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Why Amazon Is Caught in an Unexpected Brawl in New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A state senator joined anti-Amazon activists on the streets of Queens. A city councilman railed against the company as a union-busting corporate behemoth. Even the governor, a supporter of Amazon’s move into New York, faulted the company for not […]

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‘Not All Fun and Memes’: BuzzFeed News Employees Plan to Form a Union

Last month, BuzzFeed laid off more than 220 employees, or 15 percent of its work force. On Tuesday, employees at the company’s news division responded with the announcement that they planned to form a union. “It’s not all fun and memes,” the organizing committee said in a statement. “Our staff has been organizing for several […]

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U.K. Economy Falters as Brexit Looms. Amsterdam Sees Risks, and Opportunity.

AMSTERDAM — If anyone in the Netherlands is happy about Britain jilting the European Union, they keep that sentiment to themselves. The country has been built on trade, with huge volumes of goods flowing from its ports across the English Channel. Brexit, as the divorce is known, has proved disruptive. But if Brexit is going […]

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Day Care for All

When Bernie Sanders ran for president, he promised to fight for free public college, universal health insurance and a $15 minimum wage. He drew huge crowds, but many Democrats declared his proposals impractical and naïve. “We are not Denmark,” Hillary Clinton tartly observed, even as she tweaked her platform to acknowledge the popularity of these […]

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Trump Loves the New Nafta. Congress Doesn’t.

WASHINGTON — President Trump lauded his new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico in his State of the Union address on Tuesday and urged Congress to pass the revised pact. The deal, he argued, will help American farmers and workers and ensure “that more cars are proudly stamped with the four beautiful words: Made in […]

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Made for Next to Nothing. Worn by You?

ImageInside the house of an Indian family. A new report from the University of California, Berkeley, focuses on the exploited home workers who help make the country the world’s second largest manufacturer and exporter of fashion garments.CreditFredo de Luna/VW Pics – UIG, via Getty Images Ever since the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013, Western fashion […]

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Workers’ Activism Rises as China’s Economy Slows. Xi Aims to Rein Them In.

BEIJING — Factory workers across China are staging sit-ins demanding unpaid wages for “blood and sweat.” Taxi drivers are surrounding government offices to call for better treatment. Construction workers are threatening to jump from buildings if they don’t get paid. With economic growth in China weakening to its slowest pace in nearly three decades, thousands […]

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