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Amazon to Hire 100,000 New Workers to Meet Coronavirus Demand

The world is changing to accommodate families during the spread of coronavirus. As TikTok creators and Airbnb hosts are forced to adjust normal practices (for better or for worse), so are corporate businesses. And Amazon is the latest to feel the effects of the pandemic. In a blog post published Monday, Amazon executive Dave Clark announced that the online retailer plans to hire 100,000 new workers. The steep increase in onboarding is to help support Amazon’s warehouse and delivery services. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Amazon and our network of partners are helping communities around the world in a way that very few can—delivering critical supplies directly to the doorsteps of people who need them,” Clark said. “We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year.” In addition to opening full-time and part-time positions , Amazon is increasing its pay through April. Workers will now receive $2 more per hour in...

Mar 17, 2020

Instacart Workers Lobby for Better Wages

Next week, Instacart workers are participating in a scheduled set of activities to protest company policies. The food tech giant’s practices related to wages and tips have created angst for many of its contractors. As TechCrunch reports, dissatisfied Instacart workers who were unable to secure a raise in base pay looked to the company to increase their tips. Hopes that the suggested default 5 percent tip could be doubled were also dashed. In response, last month, workers went on a national, three-day strike . They now plan to engage in a nearly weeklong protest to address practices they deem unfair, including compensation and safety issues, with federal and state regulatory bodies. While Instacart declares that it supports its customers , a Washington Post article notes, “ The uprising from Instacart workers demanding fair pay is just one facet of a wider reckoning by regulators, labor activists and workers themselves over the responsibilities of companies to independent contractors .

Dec 12, 2019