Amazon Fires Senior Managers at Unionized Long Island Warehouse

Following Amazon employees union victory at a Staten Island warehouse, the company has fired more than half a dozen senior managers at the facility. The firings are viewed by some employees as a direct response to the successful vote by staff to join the Amazon Labor Union.

Jeff Bezos arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Report: Amazon Uses Alexa Voice Data to Target Users with Ads

A recent report claims that Amazon uses voice data from its Echo home assistant devices to target ads on both its own platforms and the web. Researchers created fake personas with different interests and then tracked how the data fed to Amazon spread around the internet. According to the researchers, they found “strong evidence that smart-speaker interactions are used for the purpose of targeting ads, and that this ad targeting implies significant data sharing across multiple parties.”

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos during the JFK Space Summit at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Amazon Claims New York Union Organizers Bribed Workers with Weed to Gain Votes

Amazon is claiming that New York union organizers gave marijuana to workers in an attempt to secure their unionization votes. Recreational marijuana is legal in New York, and a lawyer for the Amazon Labor Union responded that handing out cannabis is “no different than distributing free t-shirts and it certainly did not act to interfere with the election.”

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Europe Takes on the Big Tech Masters of the Universe with Digital Markets Act

The Big Tech Masters of the Universe are facing renewed pushback as the European Union Council and European Parliament have reached a provisional political agreement on the Digital Markets Acts (DMA). The DMA will attempt to tame the anti-competitive power of tech companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook, which the act labels as “gatekeepers.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the European Parliament, prior to his audition on the data privacy scandal on May 22, 2018 at the European Union headquarters in Brussels. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Report: Amazon Delivery Partners Live a Nightmare of Big Tech Rules, Crushing Debt

A recent report claims that Amazon’s delivery service partners are going into debt and face seemingly instant termination of their contract if they fail to follow every guideline handed down from the Masters of the Universe. One small business owner who had his contract canceled said: “I am a pimple on the butt of an elephant when it comes to Amazon.”

An employee carries a package at the distribution center of US online retail giant Amazon in Moenchengladbach, on December 17, 2019. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER / AFP) (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Union Claims Amazon Continues to Meddle with Alabama Warehouse Election

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) has claimed that Amazon is unlawfully interfering with a union election at its Alabama warehouse. This is the latest in a long string of incidents related to the unionization election, some of which contributed to the results of the first election last year being thrown out by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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AmazonSmile Charity Platform Drops Black Lives Matter as Org Dodges Calls for Financial Transparency

E-commerce giant Amazon has removed the Black Lives Matter organization from its AmazonSmile charity platform as the organization faces increasing financial scrutiny. Amazon previously was a major cheerleader for Black Lives Matter, including making large donations to the group and a notorious incident in which founder Jeff Bezos scolded a customer for saying “All Lives Matter” in an email.

Black Lives Matter protest outside Amazon store

Amazon Cuts Off Coronavirus Leave for Unvaccinated Employees

Amazon will cut off paid leave for workers that contract coronavirus if they are not fully vaccinated. According to an internal memo, unvaccinated workers will be required to wear masks in the warehouse while their vaccinated coworkers can go maskless. The changes are expected to take place on March 18, according to Business Insider.

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