Very nice obit of Bill Gates Sr via @therealrobison…
I'd add that Bill Gates Sr said the rich should pay MORE taxes. He supported an effort in 2010 to introduce an income tax for the wealthy in Washington State, which Jeff Bezos and Steve Ballmer opposed. The initiative failed.…
Bill Gates Sr: “Those who claim that the wealth they have accumulated is theirs to pass on without returning anything back to the American system show a shocking lack of appreciation for all that the system and public monies did to help them create wealth”…

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22 Jul
Remember when Amazon VP @timbray quit in May? Since then, he's been building a much broader critique of Amazon's power, and how the sheer bigness of Amazon and other large companies are distorting politics, policies and labor markets.

“I am not in some radical fringe because I think the wealth and power in the 21st century is overly concentrated,” @timbray says.

He says antitrust enforcement is “one of the most powerful political programs" to correct the power imbalances of inequality 2/
You have to understand, @timbray wasn't a VP in the way you may think. He was a Distinguished Engineer, an elite group revered not for running large orgs, but for their engineering brilliance. So his critique comes from someone whose thoughts carry great clout 3/
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8 May 19
NEWS: 3 Somali women working for Amazon near Minneapolis have filed an EEOC charge accusing the company of creating a hostile environment for Muslim workers and of retaliating against them for protesting their work conditions 1/…
The East African workers at the warehouses near Minneapolis have become one of the most organized groups of Amazon warehouse employees in the country 2/
These 3 women say Amazon retaliated after they took part in a Dec protest. One said she saw her manager viewing social media of the protest and then he specifically said he saw that she had participated. She was upset when another mgr took a pic of her working with his phone 3/
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20 Nov 18
You guys, something really interesting is happening with Amazon workers in Minnesota. A group of Somali workers organized and appear to be the first known group in the US to push Amazon to the table…
Labor organizers and researchers told me they haven't heard of this happening in the US before
As @josheidelson reported this summer, they held actions when Prime Day coincided with Ramadan…
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