As we approach Labor Day, we are reminded yet again of just how obscene corporate has become.
Make no mistake: people like Jeff Bezos are worth hundreds of billions of dollars because they lead companies that fight organizing activity, depriving workers of a fair share of the pie that their labor creates. That pie, instead, is gobbled up by execs and investors.
The latest example is Amazon posting a job ad for an analyst to track “labor organizing threats,” which if finally deleted after a public outcry.
“Amazon was looking to hire two intelligence analysts charged with tracking “labor organizing threats” inside the company, which drew criticism from activists and news outlets and caused it to take down the job listings on Tuesday.
The company recently posted job listings for a senior intelligence analyst and an intelligence analyst, both based in Phoenix, Arizona, that would be part of its Global Security Operations’ Global Intelligence Program, according to the posting. The analysts would be charged with gathering information on any internal and external threats to Amazon and reporting the data to leaders across the organization.
Among the types of intelligence they might gather are ‘sensitive topics that are highly confidential, including labor organizing threats against the company,’ ‘funding and activities connected to corporate campaigns (internal and external) against Amazon,’ as well as briefings on ‘dynamic situations’ including protests, geopolitical crises and other topics ‘sensitive to human resources and employee relations.’
The job listings drew widespread scrutiny from worker rights groups and other critics, including Stacy Mitchell, a co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, who has spoken out about Amazon’s labor practices and testified in front of lawmakers last year about its market power.
Amazon is hiring intelligence analysts to “establish & track funding & activities connected to corporate campaigns (internal & external) against Amazon” by labor organizers & activists.
Authoritarian regimes do not like dissent.
— Stacy Mitchell (@stacyfmitchell) September 1, 2020
By the early afternoon, Amazon took down both job listings from its website. An Amazon spokesperson told CNBC in a statement: ‘The job post was not an accurate description of the role — it was made in error and has since been corrected.’
The spokesperson did not say what was incorrect about the job descriptions, which had been on Amazon’s open jobs site for at least a few days.”
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