Amazon thanks hourly employees for work during the coronavirus pandemic with one-time bonus
Amazon employees and contractors who worked in the company’s operations business throughout June will receive a one-time bonus — $500 for full-time hourly employees — as thanks for their work during the pandemic, the company announced Monday.The bonus for each individual ranges from $150 for contract delivery drivers who worked at least 10 hours in June to $3,000 for owners of small delivery companies set up to drive for Amazon. Full-time employees working in the company’s warehouses and Whole Foods Market stores will get a $500 bonus. Divided across a 40-hour-per-week schedule for the month o...
The Seattle Times
Jeff Gordon: Baseball owners, players must share gains after sharing pain
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A weeks ago Monday, baseball owners imposed a 60-game season on the players to end the pandemic shutdown.Last Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels revealed plans for a 153-acre, mixed-use development adjacent to Angel Stadium.It’s no wonder the rift between players and owners is worsening.As the business of baseball expanded in recent years, players felt left behind. So they weren’t eager to grant concessions during the failed relaunch bargaining.On one hand, baseball owners have cited immediate financial distress due to the shutdown. Angels owner Arte Moreno aggressively furloughe...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Chicago's fair workweek law takes effect Wednesday as businesses grapple with pandemic uncertainty
CHICAGO — Starting Wednesday, many Chicago employers will be required to give employees advance notice of their schedules and pay a premium for last-minute changes.The city’s “fair workweek” law is a victory for worker advocates who say unpredictable schedules, and uneven paychecks, make it hard to plan for child care, hold down a second job or pay bills.It take effect as businesses grapple with numerous pressures wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, including uncertain consumer demand. Trade groups pushed unsuccessfully for the city to delay implementation of the law to give employers more time ...
Dieter Kurtenbach: Professional sports fear this more than COVID-19
Alexander Hamilton once said that America is the “grand experiment.”These days, that experiment seems to be in how to least effectively manage a pandemic.A few months ago, we were asked to “flatten the curve”. Apparently the message was missed that we should keep the curve flat, too. The rise in COVID-19 cases in 11 hot-spot states — including California — is enough to concern even the most optimistic.It certainly has the North American professional sports leagues on high alert.America’s five biggest professional sports leagues will all resume play this month. The NBA is going to into a “bubbl...
The Mercury News
Wage talks could impact Ford's future in Canada
Jerry Dias is quick to praise the Detroit Three automakers while at the same time warning that Canadian consumers punish companies when they break promises or abandon operations across the border.He has recently begun four-year contract talks as president of Unifor that will impact thousands of auto industry workers in this exceptionally uncertain economic environment that included a two-month shutdown related to coronavirus.Union leaders won’t pretend that executives aren’t pocketing millions; The burden of industry change must be shared rather than dumped on hourly factory workers, he said.“...
Detroit Free Press
Bryce Miller: Padres, MLB owners need to fix mess born from 2020 negotiations
SAN DIEGO — There’s still a chance to salvage this, baseball. Despite the greed. Despite the absurd posturing. Despite the deaf ear to fans. Despite stepping on the rake, like a 1960s comedy sketch.Once MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred dots the I’s and crosses the T’s on the amount of games and start date — thought to be 60, potentially starting July 24 — owners and players will face a fractured fan base. What do you plan to do about it?Damage has been done, without a doubt. How much remains to be seen. You’ve pitched yourself into a bases loaded jam. Stumble now at everyone’s peril.“You shut this...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
COVID-19 concerns, calendar shaping MLB labor talks for 60-game season
It was COVID-19 that plunged Major League Baseball into this self-destructive labor fight with the Players Association. And if the sides ever agree on a plan for a shortened season, it will be COVID-19 that threatens to wipe it all out.Now, it appears commissioner Rob Manfred is turning to a COVID-19 spike to make one last appeal to the players for an agreement.Faced with whether or not to accept MLB’s pitch for a 60-game season — a plan that, for the first time, honors the per-game pay to which the players agreed in March — the union tabled a vote this weekend, a source said Sunday night, as ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Chris McCosky: Virus was always going to win. Baseball must find logical path to a healthy '21
DETROIT — Just stop. Please, stop all this madness right now.There isn’t going to be a baseball season this summer. Honestly, between the pandemic and the pent-up animus between the players and owners, there never was going to BE a baseball season — not a real one, anyway.What are we talking about here? A farcical 50-plus-game season to set up an $800 million postseason payday for the owners? You could see this coming the last two weeks as both sides dug in.The players’ association, which has been licking its wounds since the owners gutted them on financial issues in the 2016 collective bargai...
The Detroit News
Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey talks baseball's ugly restart battle and the coronavirus curveball
NEW YORK — The discord between Major League Baseball players and owners has consumed all of spring, and is on the verge of trickling into the start of summer. Fiscal negotiations on opening the season have warped from bad, to hopeful, to worse, to messy and ugly within a regular 9-5 workday.Fans have increasingly lost interest in the sport potentially returning this summer. A face-to-face meeting between MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and Players Association chief Tony Clark did little to raise spirits when those same men couldn’t even agree on what they previously discussed.It’s a disastrous ti...
New York Daily News
UAW demands apology, congressional inquiry into Facebook over the word 'unionize'
Facebook says it was a mistake. But the UAW and AFL-CIO say it is censorship and illegal.Here’s what happened: On June 10, Facebook had a work session about a new tool on its Workplace platform, which is an employee communications system similar to Microsoft Teams.Facebook leaders discussed that the tool could provide content control, designed for administrators to cut down on bullying and harassment. One example given by Facebook as a topic employers might like to block using the tool was the word “unionize.”The suggestion outraged the UAW and AFL-CIO unions and prompted the UAW on Monday to ...
Detroit Free Press