Lauren Kaori Gurley

Lauren Gurley is a staff writer for Motherboard. 

amazon

Amazon Employee Warns Internal Groups They’re Being Monitored For Labor Organizing

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that the company monitors dozens of internal listservs but said that the program did not exist for the purposes that the employee described.
Lauren Kaori Gurley
Janus Rose
9.24.20
Facebook

If You Live in Illinois, Facebook Probably Owes You $400

Thousands of Facebook users can now collect up to $400 from Facebook's settlement fund for a class action lawsuit that alleged that the social media giant violated Illinois's biometric privacy law.
Lauren Kaori Gurley
9.24.20
labor

U.K. Tech Workers Launch First National Effort to Unionize Tech Industry

Echoing the concerns of worker activists in Silicon Valley, employees of Microsoft, Google, and Amazon in the U.K., are joining the first union branch exclusively for tech workers in the country, which launched Tuesday.
Lauren Kaori Gurley
9.22.20
climate

California Relies on Incarcerated Women to Fight Wildfires. Then it Abandons Them.

The state's desperate pleas for firefighters overlooks the fact that institutional barriers are preventing thousands of formerly incarcerated women and people of color with firefighting experience from working as full-time professional firefighters.
Lauren Kaori Gurley
9.18.20
labor

NLRB Files Complaint Against Socialist-Themed Vegan Meat Company That Fired Union Organizers

The National Labor Relations Board found merit that No Evil Foods illegally terminated the two union organizers, and issued a complaint on Wednesday alleging the company violated the law by firing employees because they "assisted a union."
Lauren Kaori Gurley
9.17.20
gravediggers

'I Could Show You Stuff You Wouldn’t Believe:' Gravediggers Speak Out About Horrifying Conditions

Gravediggers employed by one of the country’s largest cemetery and funeral home corporations, StoneMor, are battling for their first union contract—amid a COVID-related increase in burials.
Lauren Kaori Gurley
9.16.20
Shipt

Target's Delivery App Workers to Be Paid by a Blackbox Algorithm Nationwide

Target's delivery app Shipt claims that the new pay model will compensate its 200,000 delivery workers based on "effort." But in cities where the model has already taken effect, workers claim their wages have fallen by 15-50 percent.
Lauren Kaori Gurley
9.11.20
kickstarter

Labor Board Finds Merit That Kickstarter Illegally Fired Union Organizer

Six months after Kickstarter workers voted in the first union at a major tech company in the U.S., a federal agency has found sufficient evidence that management violated the National Labor Relations Act by firing a union organizer.
Lauren Kaori Gurley
9.10.20
Instacart

Instacart Hacks and Bots Have Fueled a Racist Class War Among Shoppers

Hackers are breaking into Instacart's gig workers' accounts, changing personal information, and actively shopping orders, giving rise to a flurry of racist and xenophobic theories that have divided shoppers along political lines.
Lauren Kaori Gurley
9.9.20
DoSomething

Employees of Social Change Nonprofit Stage Walkout to Protest 'Racial Abuse'

Amid accusations of racial abuse and toxic work culture at the tech non-profit DoSomething, twenty-four employees began a work stoppage on Tuesday, saying they will not resume work until CEO Aria Finger resigns.
Lauren Kaori Gurley
9.8.20
amazon

'We Are Watched to Prevent Mass Resistance': Amazon Workers Discuss Being Spied On

We spoke to drivers in closed Facebook groups on Amazon's "social media monitoring list."
Lauren Kaori Gurley
9.3.20
amazon

Inside Amazon’s Secret Program to Spy On Workers’ Private Facebook Groups

The company has a sophisticated and secret program that is surveilling dozens of private Facebook groups set up by workers, internal documents and reports show.
Lauren Kaori Gurley
Joseph Cox
9.1.20
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