Amazon gets huge subsidies to provide good jobs—but it’s a top employer of SNAP recipients in at least five states; One-third of Amazon employees in Arizona need food stamps to feed themselves.

By H. Claire Brown, New Food Economy and The Intercept, April 19th, 2018 The Intercept.  We wrote a supplemental story about food stamps in the food industry here.  Later this year, Amazon will begin accepting grocery orders from customers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal anti-poverty program formerly known as food stamps. As the nation’s largest e-commerce grocer, Amazon stands to …

Why the U.S. Needs More Worker-Owned Companies. Also, Could Hybrid Forms of Worker Ownership Shape the Economy of the Future?

 By Peter Walsh, Michael Peck, and Ibon Zugasti AUGUST 08, 2018 UPDATED AUGUST 08, 2018  SUMMARY in Harvard Business Review https://hbr.org/2018/08/why-the-u-s-needs-more-worker-owned-companies The gap in wealth in the United States between the ultrawealthy and everyone else has reached its widest point in decades. One way to narrow the divide is through the use of worker buyouts, in which ownership of a company transfers from a single person or a small …

Americans think they live in a democracy but our workplaces can be small tyrannies.

How bosses are (literally) like dictators, by Elizabeth Anderson, vox.com Some Amazon warehouse workers have complained about being pushed beyond their abilities by their bosses. Boston Globe / Getty Outside contributors’ opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture. Consider some facts about how American employers control their workers. Amazon prohibits employees from exchanging casual remarks while …

Uber has an employee not a contractor relationship according to NY case and a ‘precedential’ victory

The Taxi Workers Alliance believes the decision will be “broadly precedential,” and creates a new “safety net” for a beleaguered workforce. | AP Photo By DANA RUBINSTEIN, Politico.com  07/18/2018 07:01 PM EDT In what worker advocates are calling a substantial victory that could impact Uber drivers statewide, the New York State labor review board has made a final determination that three …