The Alphabet Workers Union is alleging that a Google contractor illegally prevented one of its workers from speaking out about conditions. The claim is that one of the workers at a subcontractor, Modis Engineering, which does work at Google data center was fired after complaining on Facebook about the increased workload at the data center. The claim marks one of the first public actions that...
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The Electric: Western Auto and Battery Makers’ Big Gamble on Indonesian Nickel
For much of the last century, metals companies have made stainless steel from nickel mined in Russia or the Philippines and smelted at temperatures up to 2,900 degrees. But demand for nickel is outstripping supplies because the metal is a key component in most electric vehicle batteries. So metals producers have turned to a new supplier—Indonesia, which possesses vast reserves of a previously...
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