NLRB rules against Amazon retaliation

Nearly a year ago, Amazon fired two employees who had criticized the company. The employees had publicly called on the company to do more to reduce its carbon footprint and had circulated a petition among Amazon employees supporting better compensation and support for warehouse workers. Now, the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, has found that Amazon acted illegally and in retaliation when it fired them … (according to a report from The New York Times).

Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa were both designers at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, and their tussles with management began in 2018 when they joined a group of employees who vocally backed shareholder petitions urging the company to do more to combat climate change…

Cunningham and Costa joined with other Amazon tech employees to circulate petitions internally that sought expanded hazard pay, sick leave, and childcare for warehouse employees. The group also planned a virtual event for warehouse and tech workers, allowing the latter to hear firsthand about the former’s working conditions.

Shortly thereafter, Amazon fired both Cunningham and Costa, claiming that they had been “repeatedly violating internal policies.” The two women filed complaints with the NLRB.

Been there … done that! I honestly don’t know if political and public pressure has pushed the NLRB into faster action in all-too-common situations like this. BITD, it could take years to get a response on retaliation cases.

Laguna Pueblo’s Deb Haaland confirmed as 1st Native American U.S. cabinet member


Deb Haaland’s image projected onto Department of the Interior building in D.C.

The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, making her the first Native American to lead a Cabinet department and the first to lead the federal agency that has wielded influence over the nation’s tribes for nearly two centuries.

Haaland was confirmed by a 51-40 vote.

Which also confirms what racist, reactionary bum-wipes populate the Republican Party!

Democrats and tribal groups hailed Haaland’s confirmation as historic, saying her selection means that Indigenous people — who lived in North America before the United States was created — will for the first time see a Native American lead the powerful department where decisions on relations with the nearly 600 federally recognized tribes are made. Interior also oversees a host of other issues, including energy development on public lands and waters, national parks and endangered species.

Rainbow-colored Oreo provokes sweet controversy

Despite some calls for a boycott, Kraft Foods may have bitten off just what it meant to chew when it posted a gay-pride-themed picture of an Oreo cookie on Facebook.

The post pictured an Oreo filled with six layers of frosting in the colors of the rainbow flag that symbolizes diversity in the gay community. The picture is headlined “June 25 | Pride,” and an accompanying text reads “Proudly support love!”

Basil Maglaris, Kraft’s associate director of corporate affairs, said the graphic was in recognition of Pride Month in the United States.

More than 150,000 Facebook users “liked” the post and 22,463 had commented as of Tuesday afternoon. Not all the comments were supportive…Maglaris said positive comments have “far outnumbered” negative ones…

“As a company, Kraft Foods has a proud history of celebrating diversity and inclusiveness. We feel the Oreo ad is a fun reflection of our values,” Maglaris said…

Don’t look for the rainbow cookie in stores. Fine print under the picture reads: “Made with creme colors that do not exist.”

The people who will boycott Oreos because of their homophobia are probably exactly the individuals who could do without the extra sugar in their lives, anyway. Eating sweets doesn’t make your politics palatable. But, caring about your fellow human beings surely does.

Kudos to Kraft.