Amazon Debuts CodeWhisperer as an AI Code-Writing Tool for Tech Workers, Developers

Amazon on Thursday announced a tool to help software developers write code, the latest such effort by the tech industry. The service, called Amazon CodeWhisperer, suggests how to program, and also scans for security and bias issues in web developers’ projects, Swami Sivasubramanian, a vice president at Amazon’s cloud division, said at a company conference … Read more

JobGet raises $52M with ambitions to be the LinkedIn for shift workers – TechCrunch

LinkedIn, now with more than 830 million users, has carved out a place for itself as a hub for the world of professional workers: a social network optimized for for people in knowledge and related industries looking for jobs or recruiting to fill job openings; for people to connect with others in their profession; and … Read more

Tesla sued by former workers for allegedly violating federal law during ‘mass layoffs’ – TechCrunch

Two former Tesla employees filed a lawsuit against the EV maker Sunday alleging that the company did not provide the 60 days of advance notice required by federal law during a recent round of layoffs. It’s the latest in a recent spate of suits brought by former employees against Tesla, but the first filed since … Read more

Apple retail workers vote to unionize a store in Maryland

Workers at Apple’s Towson Town Center store in Maryland have voted to unionize, with 65 yeses and 33 nos. Around 110 employees were eligible to vote in the election. The store is the first Apple retail location in the US to hold a union election, after organizers in Atlanta withdrew their petition to hold a … Read more

Citing ‘overreaching activism,’ SpaceX reportedly fires workers who decried Musk’s behavior – TechCrunch

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. There we go, today it’s Friday! We’re planning to spend some quality time with a headset and a collection of amazing TechCrunch podcasts — here’s our roundup of this week’s episodes, enthusiastically … Read more

SpaceX likely violated labor law in firing workers, experts say

On Friday, SpaceX fired a group of employees involved in crafting an open letter to corporate leaders that criticized CEO Elon Musk — and labor lawyers now say the firings may have violated US labor law. The letter circulated Thursday calling for stronger anti-harassment policies at SpaceX and a more restrained Twitter presence from Musk. … Read more

SpaceX Fires Workers After Letter Calls Elon Musk an ‘Embarrassment,’ Report Says

SpaceX has fired the employees involved in writing and sending a letter to company executives that expressed concern about the behavior of CEO Elon Musk and called for improvements to workplace culture, The New York Times reported Friday. The open letter was reportedly posted Wednesday to an internal Microsoft Teams channel and said Musk’s “behavior in the public … Read more

Tesla layoffs reportedly affect hourly workers, too

According to a report from Electreka wave of layoffs at Tesla may affect hourly workers, despite a company-wide email from Elon Musk on June 3rd saying “Tesla will be reducing salaried headcount by 10% as we have become overstaffed in many areas.” On June 4th, Musk tweeted that “[t]otal headcount will increase, but salaried should … Read more

Massachusetts court rejects ballot to define gig workers as contractors – TechCrunch

In a major setback for app-based gig economy companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash, a Massachusetts court ruled on Tuesday to throw out a proposed ballot measure that would, if passed, define gig workers as independent contractors rather than employees. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s unanimous decision found that the ballot initiative violated state law … Read more