Shuttle bus drivers at Facebook, Inc. voted on Saturday to ratify a new union contract giving them more pay, better benefits and addressing split-shift scheduling, the Wall Street Journal reported.
A letter, written last year by the principal officer of the Teamsters Union branch in Northern California, calls out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for the unfair treatment of Facebook’s shuttle bus drivers, who are seeking union representation.
“While your employees earn extraordinary wages and are able to live and enjoy life in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the Bay Area, these drivers can’t afford to support a family, send their children to school, or, least of all, afford to even dream of buying a house anywhere near where they work,” the letter, written by Rome Aloise, reads.
The shuttle drivers are employed by a contractor called Loop Transportation.
Aloise’s letter asks Zuckerberg to encourage Loop to recognize a union representing Facebook’s bus drivers so they can collectively fight for a “fair contract that allows these drivers to earn a livable wage and support their families in dignity.”
“This is reminiscent of a time when noblemen were driven around in their coaches by their servants.”
Loop Transportation, the contractor that employs the drivers and negotiated with Teamsters Local 853, cautioned that the agreement was not finalized and must be approved by Facebook, according to Reuters.
A new report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, found that more than 400 prisoners in South Carolina have been placed in solitary confinement for using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, according to Opposing Views.
The prisoners reportedly accessed social media sites on cellphones that were smuggled into jails or gave their personal log-in information to people outside prisons who could then update their postings.
The South Carolina Department of Corrections has made the “facilitation, conspiracy, aiding, abetting in the creation or updating of an Internet website or social networking site” a Level 1 offense, which is equal to the “most violent violations of prison conduct,” reports the EFF.
The inmates are penalized for each day they post on Facebook or another website. For example, five posts over five days would mean five years in solitary confinement.
According to Mitt Romney’s digital integration director Caitlin Checkett, “…whether it was a tweet, Facebook post, blog post, photo — anything you could imagine — it had to be sent around to everyone for approval. Towards the end of the campaign that was 22 individuals who had to approve it. … The digital team unfortunately did not have the opportunity to think of things on their own and post them.”
Communications Director for Tennessee Republican Congressman Stephen Fincher, Elizabeth Lauten, took to Facebook this past week to comment on Malia and Sasha Obama.
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A new report cleared Britain’s security services of failing to stop an attack on British soldier Lee Rigby. The murder occurred on May 22nd, 2013.
Wikipedia states: “While Rigby was crossing the road to get to a shop, two men, who were later identified as Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, drove a Vauxhall Tigra car at him at 30–40 mph, knocking him to the pavement. They attacked Rigby with knives and a cleaver, and attempted to behead him.”
According to the New York Times, “A parliamentary committee investigating the killing of the soldier, Lee Rigby, in May 2013 listed numerous failings by intelligence agencies but nonetheless concluded that given what was known at the time, they had not been in a position to stop the murder.
“It did, however, blame an unidentified American technology company for failing to tell the British authorities about the online threats, which came to light only after the murder. Facebook, which was identified by British news outlets as the company in question, declined to comment on the case but issued a statement saying it took measures to prevent its services from being used by terrorists.”