San Francisco office market in collapse as tech workers stay home | San Francisco

The pandemic has brought the commercial real estate market in San Francisco to a new low, with work-from-home policies and office closures slowing Silicon Valley-driven business expansion to numbers not seen in at least three decades. New office-leasing activity in 2020 dropped a staggering 71% compared with the year before, Continue Reading

Google workers demand reinstatement and apology for fired Black AI ethics researcher | Alphabet

Google employees have sent a letter to senior leadership demanding that the company reinstate and apologize to Timnit Gebru, a prominent Black researcher who said she was fired after criticizing the company’s diversity efforts. Gebru’s departure in early December has sparked outrage among Google staff and the industry at large. Continue Reading

Back to basics: how social workers returned to their roots during Covid | Social care

When lockdown was imposed in northern Italy this spring, travel became impossible and older people in remote villages were starved of money, food, medicine and support. Social workers in the area, which took the brunt of Europe’s first wave of Covid-19, stepped in to create networks of local people to Continue Reading

Jeff Bezos became even richer thanks to Covid-19. But he still won’t protect Amazon workers | Jeff Bezos

As a former secretary of labor, I often receive Tempemail from workers with job complaints, who apparently believe I still have some authority. But the email I received a few days ago from a worker at Amazon’s Whole Foods delivery warehouse in Industry City, Brooklyn, New York, was particularly distressing. Continue Reading

More than 1,200 Google workers condemn firing of AI scientist Timnit Gebru | Google

More than 1,200 Google employees and more than 1,500 academic researchers are speaking out in protest after a prominent Black scientist studying the ethics of artificial intelligence said she was fired by Google after the company attempted to suppress her research and she criticized its diversity efforts. Timnit Gebru, who Continue Reading

3 funeral workers fired over Maradona coffin photos Body Argentina Buenos Aires AP Maradona- Tempemail

Three funeral workers have been fired for posing for photos alongside the body of soccer star Diego Maradona shortly before his funeral. The images distributed across social media created outrage even death threats, across a nation that venerated Maradona, who died Wednesday of a heart attack at age 60. Tens Continue Reading

Big tech threw $200m at a ballot measure to hurt gig economy workers. And they won | Technology

One of the darker outcomes of 21st-century work life has been the predatory gig economy. Divorced from healthcare benefits and regular pay, millions of workers are told they are supposed to be lucky to drive passengers around in a car for ever-diminishing returns. Last week, there was hope that Proposition Continue Reading

Former Facebook moderators sound alarm over treatment of workers ahead of US election | Technology

Alison Trebacz, a former Facebook content moderator based in Arizona, remembers the day of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, which killed 58 people and injured more than 800 others, almost as if she were there. She came into work that morning expecting to see graphic content, but nothing could Continue Reading

She was a farmworker. Her grandson is a Lyft driver. A fight for workers’ rights unites them | California

More than 40 years ago, Maria Cardona laid her livelihood on the line to demand change in the hot central California fields where she picked grapes and other produce for $1.75 per hour. Cardona, now 80 years old, was tired of how farmworkers like her were treated – the low Continue Reading