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Wayfair Workers protest Migrant Detention

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Wayfair employees boycotted their corporate jobs on Wednesday to protest the furniture giant’s decision to sell beds to a migrant detention center located at the Southern border. The protest revolt has since then garnered national attention from outlets across the country and attended by dozens of supporters, holding signs reading “NO WAY” and “abolish ICE.”

“We’ve had many conversations with the leaders back and forth,” Wayfair employee Madeline Howard said to The Washington Post. “We really do want to reach some kind of agreement with them, but they’re just not hearing what we’re saying.”

According to Chris Allieri, the founder and principal of Mulberry & Astor, a public relations firm specializing in crisis management.

“At the end of the day, as a corporation, you have to look at your employees,” Allieri added to the outlet. “Their viewpoint matters, and I think we’re going to see it matter even more.”

“That used to be the way, right?” he continued. “Now companies need to look at their audiences. And I think, for too long, the audience of the employees — it was just not considered.”

“[Wayfair] isn’t the first company that’s done business with the federal government, or ICE or Immigration and Naturalization Services,” Allieri quipped. “But this company is a consumer-facing company. It’s the happy pillow brand, right?”

Consumer-facing brands — companies that interact with the public on a regular basis — are more likely to be subject to the will of their employees, Allieri said. That means they need to get better at listening to the people who work for them, but will they?

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Uber discloses disturbing Data of 3,000+ Sexual Assault incidents

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Uber’s sexual assault problem has skyrocketed, but a new company report released by the ride-sharing hub on Thursday reveals shocking details of the ongoing crisis, and it’s worse then you could fathom.

In the 84-page, self-released report, Uber revealed the company receives thousands of sexual assault and misconduct reports a year, according to NBC News.

The chilling data includes 235 reports of rape, 280 reports of attempted rape, 1,560 reports of groping, 376 reports of unwanted kissing to the breast, buttocks or mouth, and 594 reports of unwanted kissing to a different body part.

In total, the report reveals Uber received 5,981 reports of sexual abuse between 2017 and 2018. While riders are typically the victims in many of the company’s higher-profile sexual assault cases — such as those lodged by four female survivors in 2018 — Uber’s report claims passengers were actually the accused party in 45 percent of the reports filed.

“Each of those incidents represents an individual who has undergone a horrific trauma,” Uber’s chief legal officer Tony West told NBC News. “But I’m not surprised by those numbers,” he added.  “I’m not surprised because sexual violence is just much more pervasive in society than I think most people realize.”

“We had to measure what was happening on our platform,” said West. “We know in business, if you don’t measure it, you can’t address it.”

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Jeff Bezos sets sights on buying NFL team

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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is reportedly planning on purchasing an National Football League (NFL) team and is currently in talks with several current owners.

According to CBS Sports, Bezos “has spent considerable time around owners, including Washington Redskins’ Dan Snyder, and is in the process of moving to Washington.” Bezos, is worth an estimated $110 billion, including ownership of The Washington Post.

“There are not any teams currently on the market, though the Seattle Seahawks will be sold at some point following the death of Paul Allen last year,” the report said on Sunday. Snyder has been trying to get a state-of-the-art stadium built in Washington, DC, and Bezos can help him build one.

“Bezos moved The Washington Post to a new location after purchasing the paper, is setting up an Amazon hub in the area and some believe could aid Snyder`s pursuit of a new stadium, perhaps even with an Amazon sponsorship,” the report elaborated. Amazon has a partnership with the NFL to stream Thursday Night Football and he may buy an NFL team from a business perspective.

NFL is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.

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Uber’s third round of layoffs raises major red flags

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Uber has reportedly terminated employment for another 350 workers in its third wave of layoffs, the company revealed on Monday. Uber Eats and Uber’s self-driving unit were hit the the hardest according to documents obtained by Tech Crunch

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi sent an email to Uber workers to address what’s being described as “difficult but necessary changes.”

The company has parted ways with an estimated 400 workers in its marketing department since July and 435 engineering and product workers in September. Some workers have also been asked to relocate.

The ride-sharing giant admitted in August that it garnered $5 billion in losses in the second quarter of 2019, attributing the costs to one-time charges connected to Uber’s May stock offering. Excluding those charges, Uber’s ongoing burn rate has been around $1 billion in recent quarters. Third-quarter financial results are due out next month.

While the ongoing layoffs have raised concerns as to where the future of the company’s headed, UBER says those who were fired only make up about 1% of the company’s workforce. 

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