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Always Watching: Amazon Internal Documents Reveal System That Tracks Workers Every Minute

Amazon is well-known for its strict employee time tracking and quick firing of workers it believes are not performing adequately. Now, internal documents provide greater insight into how Amazon keeps track of its workers every minute. Spreadsheets reportedly show that Amazon tracks workers down to the minute, including the amount of time they spend in the bathroom and other violations such as “talking to another Amazon associate.”

Jeff Bezos at Blue Origin press event ( Joe Raedle /Getty)

Bezos Tears: Amazon Complains that Antitrust Bill Unfairly Targets It

E-commerce and tech giant Amazon alleges that the company is being unfairly targeted by a proposed U.S. antitrust bill. According to the Masters of the Universe, the bill “jeopardizes two of the things American consumers love most about Amazon: the vast selection and low prices made possible by opening our store to third-party selling partners, and the promise of fast, free shipping through Amazon Prime.”

ROMEOVILLE, IL - AUGUST 01: Workers pack and ship customer orders at the 750,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center on August 1, 2017 in Romeoville, Illinois. On August 2, Amazon will be holding job fairs at several fulfillment centers around the country, including the Romeoville facility, in an attempt to hire more …

Annoyed China Weighs in on Bezos-Musk Twitter Spat

Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos criticized a fellow billionaire’s purchase of a media company on Tuesday by wondering if Communist China might use economic pressure against Elon Musk to gain “a bit of leverage” over Twitter. The Chinese Foreign Ministry brusquely labeled such ideas as “speculation . . . without any factual basis.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin listens to a question at the daily Foreign Ministry briefing in Beijing on July 24, 2020. - China on July 24 ordered the US consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu to close in retaliation for one of its missions in the United States …

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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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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