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·         Amazon Just Made a Truly Stunning Announcement. (It's Incredibly Good News for President Trump)

… it currently has 30,000 unfilled jobs in the United States…


·         Hundreds of Amazon employees plan to join climate change strike

The strike is part of growing employee unrest at Amazon.



Amazon Just Made a Truly Stunning Announcement. (It's Incredibly Good News for President Trump)

The key number: 30,000.


By Bill Murphy Jr., Inc.

Sep 10, 2019


Amazon made an unexpected announcement Monday that's truly good news all around.


But the top beneficiary might just be President Donald J. Trump.


The online-slash-everything giant revealed Monday that it currently has 30,000 unfilled jobs in the United States, everything including (as the company said in a statement) things like:


·         entry-level roles at Amazon's fulfillment centers

·         software development engineer positions

·         computer vision scientists, and

·         literally thousands of other positions


That's a lot of open jobs. We'll address how Amazon wants to fill them (and how to apply should you or a loved one be interested), below.


It's worth stepping back first to explore what the idea of adding 30,000 new Amazon employees to the labor rolls would mean.


122 months of nonstop growth


A few days ago, we saw the August jobs report. It was okay, but short of expectations, with about 130,000 jobs added versus the 150,000 that had been anticipated.


The unemployment rate has been falling pretty steadily for nearly 10 years. Over the summer, we set the record for the longest economic expansion in American history.


We're now up to 122 months, going way back to the early days of President Obama's first term. Almost everyone outside of the administration is warning that time is running out, and a recession may be coming.


Before we go further, this is absolutely NOT a news article in which the author secretly hopes for a recession. My family and I are doing just fine economically, and I would love for the current economic conditions to continue.


Also, regardless of who you may be rooting for in the presidential election in 2020, it's absolutely the job of the current administration to be a cheerleader for the economy. But, expansions don't last forever.


Separate from that, but also true: President Trump's odds of being reelected are a lot better if we stay out of a recession through November 2020.


And one of the warning signs of a recession would be disappointing jobs numbers.


Unfortunately, people who looked at those August numbers noticed that even though they were mildly disappointing, they were also propped up by the fact that the Census Bureau recently hired 25,000 temporary workers.


Without those government jobs, the news would have been a lot worse.


Amazing luck ...


Job fairs ...


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Hundreds of Amazon employees plan to join climate change strike

The strike is part of growing employee unrest at Amazon.


By Ben Fox Rubin, C|Net

September 9, 2019


Almost a thousand Amazon employees plan to walk out of work later this month, as part of a global climate change demonstration.


Amazon Employees For Climate Justice, a group of Amazon workers trying to push their company to take greater actions on climate change, organized an internal petition for the Sept. 20 walkout, the group confirmed in a Medium post Monday. Both Wired and Vice earlier reported the planned demonstration. Most of the walkout participants so far are from Amazon's Seattle headquarters, with many taking planned vacation days to participate, Wired said.


"As employees at one of the largest and most powerful companies in the world, our role in facing the climate crisis is to ensure our company is leading on climate, not following," the employees wrote on Medium.


The walkout will be part of "Global Climate Strike," a student-led movement to be held Sept. 20 to 27 that was sparked by climate activist Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old from Sweden. The demonstrations are being held during the United Nations Climate Action Summit, on Sept. 23.


Also on Monday, the group Microsoft Workers 4 Good said on Twitter it will be joining the demonstrations Sept. 20.


"Playing a significant role in helping to reduce the sources of human-induced climate change is an important commitment for Amazon," an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement Monday. "We have dedicated sustainability teams who have been working for years on initiatives to reduce our environmental impact."


Asked whether Amazon supports the strike or would retaliate against employees who walk out, the spokesperson added: "Amazon employees receive an allotment of paid time off every year, and they can use this time as they wish."


While the walkout is tied to a broader climate strike, it serves as another example of Amazon employees speaking up for changes at their company. Other internal groups include Whole Worker, which includes Whole Foods employees, and We Won't Build It, which includes engineers fighting against Amazon's connections to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


Overall, workers in the tech industry appear to be far more willing than before to speak out against problems they see at their typically secretive companies, with employees organizing on issues at Google and Microsoft, as well.


Amazon Employees For Climate Justice is demanding the company stop donating to politicians and lobbying groups who deny the existence of climate change, restrict its work with oil and gas companies and cut down its carbon emissions to zero by 2030.


The Amazon climate group has previously called for more action from Amazon during its annual shareholder meeting this year and offered support for a Prime Day warehouse strike in Minnesota.


Bobby Gordon, an Amazon finance manager in Seattle who joined the climate group a few months ago, said...


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