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  • Some Amazon tech workers say they are ashamed of the working conditions of the company’s warehouse workers.
  • The tech workers are openly sharing words of encouragement to those warehouse employees, who are planning on a short strike during Amazon Prime Day.
  • The striking workers want better pay, more reasonable work expectations, and better chances for advancement.
  • Amazon says it already provides all of this to them.
  • However, warehouse workers tell a different side of the story: They talk about the constant pressure to perform and how the company’s automated systems track them, and can even automatically target them to get fired.
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A group of Amazon’s tech workers are openly supporting the planned strike by Amazon warehouse workers in Shakopee, Minnesota, next week during the online retailer’s Prime Day shopping event.

Some of them will even be flying out to walk the picket line and give speeches during the strike, Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, the employee activist group organizing this show of support, said.

Others are publicly sharing letters and words of encourage to the strikers via Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, with multiple employees saying they are ashamed of the treatment of the fulfillment center workers.

The treatment of FC workers is a source of shame to me as an Amazon employee,” the Amazon employee Nancy Urban wrote in a blog post shared by the activist group.

“All Amazon employees should be proud to call themselves such. It is shameful that while Amazon chooses to be the industry leader in so many aspects of their employment policies, and yet continues to allow other aspects of their policies to be worthy of being called ‘inhumane,'” another anonymous employee wrote in the blog post.

“When I was working as an engineer in Fulfillment, I spent a few days working in the warehouses and could not even come close to meeting the individual productivity quotas. The quotas are unrealistically high for most humans. I support FC employees in Minnesota who wish to lower quotas for safer and more comfortable working conditions,” Joey Siracusa wrote in that same post.

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The bigger mission

This show of support for their fellow employees was organized by a group with a primary mission to push Amazon to better combat climate change.

Amazon warehouse employee shippingMatt Cardy / Stringer / Getty ImagesThey want Amazon to stop using fossil fuels in its operations entirely and become a zero-emissions company in a timeline dictated by science. Amazon does have numerous green initiatives, such as building its own solar and wind farms. It has also promised to eventually use 100% renewable energy for its global infrastructure, but it has been vague as to the timeline.

Meanwhile, Prime Day, the retailer’s annual shopping event, is coming next week. While Amazon customers are anticipating the bargains, these Minnesota workers are using the spotlight to push for better conditions.

They want higher pay, more reasonable workloads, and better opportunities for advancement. Amazon did not immediately return a request for comment to this story, but Amazon has said in reaction to the strike that it already offers the workers what they are asking for with its $15 minimum wage and pay up to $20.80 an hour, plus benefits like healthcare, parental leave, paid education, and training.

In addition, Amazon just this week announced a program to train 100,000 of its employees with new tech skills, including new programs available to warehouse workers who want to learn how to code. It will also be offering more tuition assistance to those who want to train for other high-demand occupations.

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But new training options don’t combat the perception that the warehouse job involves inhumane expectations.

The company recently endured another round of criticism when John Oliver, the host of the HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” showcased the warehouse situation. His segment featured employees talking about how hard Amazon pushes them, their inability to take bathroom breaks, and showed Amazon’s anti-union training video.

The Amazon exec Dave Clark, the senior vice president of operations, said Oliver’s portrayal of the job is untrue, adding that the company even offers tours of its warehouses. That’s true, the tours are limited to specific warehouses, but the Shakopee, Minnesota, facility is among them.

Still, Business Insider previously reported that the company does appear to treat its warehouse workforce like robots. It even uses an automated system that tracks warehouse workers’ productivity that can automatically generate the paperwork to fire them for failing to meet expectations.

One anonymous Amazon tech worker said in the blog post: “You guys are the lifeblood of Amazon! Keep raising the bar and insisting on the highest working standards! You have the support of Seattle!”

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DENVER — Brenda Fields is a single mom working hard to support her family, which is why the last thing she needed was for someone to use her credit card to pay for trips using Uber.

“They maxed out my credit card once and my credit went down 30 40 points, very frustrating,” Fields said.

She told Fox 31 she has never used ride sharing apps, which makes the charges even more mysterious. She got a new credit card number since the old one was compromised, then the charges appeared again.

“It’s scary because I don’t know who it is,” she said.

Field’s bank is investigating the case and Uber is not holding her responsible for charges from the stolen credit card number. Fields says she is dealing with serious consequences now.

“I’m trying to buy a new home and I can’t because all of these transactions are affecting my credit,” she said.

Cyber security expert Donald Mclaughlin of CP Cyber Security Consultants told the Fox 31 Problem Solvers hackers can get your credit card number from just about anywhere including online sites and even gas pump card readers.

“They could use that credit card anywhere, they just happened to choose Uber,” he said.

He advised that password protection programs and credit monitoring are important when it comes to guarding your accounts.

“If one account is compromised and you use the same password everywhere then now all of your accounts are compromised, by using a password manager you can isolate those compromises to just one account,” he said.

He also said using the two-step authentication feature is also important, so you are notified right away when anyone tries to access your accounts.

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US President Donald Trump ripped Bitcoin and cryptocurrency at large on Thursday, saying he’s “not a fan” of the emerging technology.

In a series of tweets, Trump said cryptocurrencies are based on thin air and must be regulated to prevent criminals from using them.

I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air. Unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including drug trade and other illegal activity….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019

As for Facebook’s digital asset Libra, Trump says the company must be subject to all US banking regulations if it wants to use it in America.

“Similarly, Facebook Libra’s ‘virtual currency’ will have little standing or dependability. If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations, just like other Banks, both National and International.

We have only one real currency in the USA, and it is stronger than ever, both dependable and reliable. It is by far the most dominant currency anywhere in the World, and it will always stay that way. It is called the United States Dollar!”

Trump’s stance on Libra is in line with a number of vocal members in Congress who are calling for intense scrutiny of Facebook’s digital asset. Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, wrote a letter to Facebook asking the social media giant to pause the project while Congress gets a better grasp of what the tech giant is planning to do.

“We write to request that Facebook and its partners immediately agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on Libra – its proposed cryptocurrency and Calibra – its proposed digital wallet. It appears that these products may lend themselves to an entirely new global financial system that is based out of Switzerland and intended to rival U.S. monetary policy and the dollar. This raises serious privacy, trading, national security, and monetary policy concerns for not only Facebook’s over 2 billion users, but also for investors, consumers, and the broader global economy.”

On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Facebook’s cryptocurrency “cannot go forward” until the company has addressed questions about the project.

“It’s something that doesn’t fit neatly or easily within our regulatory scheme but it does have potentially systemic scale. It needs a careful look, so I strongly believe we all need to be taking our time with this.”

Facebook’s head of blockchain David Marcus says he will to testify and explain Libra to Congress next week, but so far Facebook has not indicated any plans to stop the project.

As for Bitcoin, Congress is unable to single out any person or organization responsible for the leading cryptocurrency. The digital asset is decentralized and borderless, powered by a network of computers that verify transactions and mint new coins. Bitcoin’s anonymous creator, who used the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, has not been heard from in years.

Leaders in the crypto community are referencing the banking industry’s own track record.

Writes Anthony Pompliano, CEO of Morgan Creek Digital,

“The Chairman of the Federal Reserve says Facebook shouldn’t be allowed to move forward unless it solves anti-money laundering. Remember, criminals laundered $2 trillion last year of the currency that the Chairman oversees. Maybe he should figure out anti-money laundering first?”

According to a report by Bloomberg, banks (not Bitcoin) run the global money-laundering industry, funneling over a trillion dollars through the traditional financial system every year.

Cryptocurrencies, a form of digital money, are developed by computer scientists as opposed to traditional economists and bankers.

In an interview with author Ben Mezrich last month, CNBC anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin said he imagined governments attempting to press a ‘major pause’ on Bitcoin and all of its crypto cousins.

You saw the reaction to Libra almost instantaneously in Washington – people saying okay, we’ve got to press the pause button on this. Governments have a monopoly on fiat currency. It’s one of the last things they have a monopoly and an ability to control things with.”

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“Facebook Libra’s ‘virtual currency‘ will have little standing or dependability,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “If Facebook and other companies want to become a …

President Trump poured cold water Thursday night on Facebook’s plan to launch its own cryptocurrency, saying the social media platform would need to seek a banking charter.

Facebook Libra’s ‘virtual currency’ will have little standing or dependability,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations, just like other Banks.”

The president’s comments came hours after he held a White House event targeting Facebook, Twitter and Google for bias against conservatives.

Facebook has announced its intention to start a global cryptocurrency in 2020. With partners including MasterCard and PayPal, Facebook would establish the new digital coin called Libra.

The president said he is “not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air.”



“Unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including drug trade and other illegal activity,” he said on Twitter. “We have only one real currency in the USA, and it is stronger than ever, both dependable and reliable. It is by far the most dominant currency anywhere in the World, and it will always stay that way. It is called the United States Dollar!”

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told lawmakers this week that Facebook’s plan to create Libra cannot move forward unless it addresses concerns over privacy, money laundering, terrorist financing and other questions.

Mr. Powell said the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council, a panel of regulators, will conduct a review of Facebook’s proposal. The Fed also has established a working group to monitor the plan along with central banks in other countries.

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