Amazon Tests Warehouse Robots To Replace Humans

Amazon is testing robots that could one day replace human workers in warehouses. Amazon’s Picking Challenge was a competition designed to select which robot could best perform duties normally carried out by human workers within warehouses.

Warehouse robots were tested at the IEEE’s International Conference on Robotics and Automation held in Seattle. They were made to select a paperback book, a […]

Labor Claims Victory as Facebook Hikes Contractor Wages

Facebook will ensure that employees who work for its contractors — including security guards and food-service workers on its Menlo Park, California campus — will receive an hourly wage of at least $15, the company announced earlier this week. Contractors and vendors who do “a substantial amount of work” with Facebook in the United States will also be expected […]

Disrupting The Informal Labor Market in Pakistan

The labor market in Pakistan is dangerously unregulated, unstructured, and operates mainly on an informal basis. While the largest chunk is employed by the agriculture sector, there is also a significant informal market catering to the retail, construction, and household services industries. Affluent Pakistani families employ cooks, drivers, nannies, and gardeners to serve them. Most employment is arranged through personal […]

Workers Memorial Day Celebrates Occupational Safety and Health

Workers Memorial Day is commemorated in Ukiah every April 28 — the day in 1971 that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created — to honor workers in and from Mendocino County who have been killed, injured, or permanently disabled on the job.

Back in the late 90s, Terry Poplawski, president of branch 1563 of the National Association of Letter […]

Tufts Students on Hunger Strike Meet with Administrators

A group of Tufts University students will enter the fourth full day of a hunger strike Thursday, as they continue talks with administrators over proposed cuts to the school’s custodial workers.

The administration will meet with students at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, according to members of the Tufts Labor Coalition. The two sides met on the Medford campus for about an hour […]

Is Whole Foods Unethical for Selling Tilapia Raised by Prison Labor?

A Pacific Standard Magazine article that highlights the farming of tilapia by prison labor, some of which ends up in Whole Foods, is inspiring or infuriating depending on your point of view.

Some commentators describe the company’s sourcing of fish from a Colorado prison as rife with ethical issues. Whole Foods, meanwhile, has long touted its “something great” tilapia but is […]