Labor issues last week: GitHub fires Nazi-speaking employees, Facebook hires civil rights executives, Dropbox fires 315 | GLM

Labor issues last week: GitHub fires Nazi-speaking employees, Facebook hires civil rights executives, Dropbox fires 315 | GLM

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This week began with news that a GitHub employee was fired during a Capitol riot in Washington, DC, warning him to stay away from the Nazis. Meanwhile, Facebook has hired a new civil rights executive, and Proposition 22 in California has been sued for the first time.

Facebook hires Vice President for Citizenship

Facebook has appointed Roy Austin as the first Vice President and Deputy Legal Advisor for Citizenship and has set up a new Citizenship Department within the company. Austin will begin his duties on January 19th and will be based in Washington, DC.

Until recently, Austin was a citizenship attorney at Harris, Wiltshire & Granis LLP. Prior to that, he co-authored a report on big data and citizenship and collaborated with President Barack Obama’s “21st Century Police Task Force.”

Proposition 22 faces unconstitutional proceedings

The California Ride Sharing Driver Group and Service Employees International Union has filed a proceeding alleging that Proposition 22 violates the California Constitution. The aim is to overturn Proposition 22, which classifies gig workers in California as sole proprietors.

The proceeding, filed in the California Supreme Court, argues that Proposition 22 makes it difficult for the state legislature to establish and apply workers’ accident compensation insurance for gig workers. In addition, Proposition 22 points out that it broke the rule of limiting the referendum bill to a single issue and defined an amendment to the bill unconstitutionally. Currently, Proposition 22 requires a majority agreement of seven-eighths of Congress to amend the bill.

Best Companies to Work For by Glassdoor

Glassdoor has released the 2021 Best Companies to Work For ranking. This article introduces the top 10 tech companies from a list of large companies (more than 1000 employees) and SMEs.

Despite recent allegations of unfair dismissal and demands for improved working conditions, Google is ranked third in the Best Tech Companies ranking. Facebook was fifth.

Netflix announces first diversity report

This isn’t the first time Netflix has released this kind of data, but it’s the first official announcement.

Women make up 47.1% of Netflix employees worldwide. Since 2017, the proportion of white and Asian employees has slowly declined, and the proportion of Hispanic / Latino American, black, mixed race and natives has increased. In the United States, Netflix is ​​8.1% Latin American, 8% black, 5.1% mixed-breed, 1.3% Native American, Alaska, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islands, Middle East or North Africa.

Github dismisses Jewish employee who made remarks about Nazis and buys backlash

GitHub employees warned worried about the safety of colleagues working in the Washington, DC area on the day of the riots when Trump supporters broke into the Capitol. A former employee in an interview with the magazine said he was genuinely worried about his local colleagues and also about his Jewish family.

TechCrunch has agreed not to reveal the identity of the dismissed employee so that the safety of himself and his family is not jeopardized.

A former employee told me after he wrote in Slack, “Watch out, there’s a Nazi,” an angry colleague told me that it wasn’t good at work. .. Two days later, he was dismissed and a human resources officer told him that “behavior that did not meet company policy” was the reason for the dismissal, he said.

The dismissed employee is exploring with a lawyer for family safety and damage or any compensation. He said GitHub has asked him to help with an internal investigation, but is waiting to get a legal representative to work with the company.

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Dropbox fires 315 people

Dropbox has fired 315 people, or 11% of its global workforce. In an email to employees, CEO Drew Houston said, “As a result of the shift to remote work, we don’t need as much support in the office as we used to, so we’re reducing investment and resources. We will relocate to strengthen the deployment. ”

In a comment, Houston said the change would make Dropbox 2021 more efficient and agile.

Apple launches program for racial fairness and justice

Apple has announced several important projects that promise to invest $ 100 million for racial fairness and justice.

The first is $ 25 million to the Propel Center, a hub for innovation and learning for HBCUs, an organization for higher education primarily targeted at African Americans. It is an investment of 10,000 yen). As part of the Propel Center investment, Apple employees will support curriculum development and student mentoring.

Apple will co-found a developer academy for young black entrepreneurs in Detroit, Michigan with Michigan State University. Apple aims to reach 1,000 students each year in Detroit.

In addition, Apple has invested $ 10 million in venture capital firm Harlem Capital and $ 25 million in Siebert Williams Shanks’ Clear Vision Impact Fund, non-King Center. Donated the public amount.

Amazon warehouse workers will start voting for union formation in February 2021

The National Labor Relations Board will vote for Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama from February 8th to March 29th. Employees of the facility will decide whether or not to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. The bargaining unit covers 6,000 workers, including hourly full-time and regular full-time warehouse workers, as well as hundreds of Amazon seasonal workers.

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Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.