Defiant Zuckerberg Says Facebook Won’t Police Political Speech

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Description: In an address at Georgetown University, the Facebook chief executive called for more free speech — not less — as his company has been assailed for allowing lies and falsehoods to appear. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Oct 17, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/business/zuckerberg-facebook-free-speech.html Questions for discussion: How did Mark Zuckerberg present Facebook in light of the criticism… Read more »

See what’s in the GM contract with union workers: Pay raises in exchange for some factory closings

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Description: DETROIT (AP) — A tentative four-year contract with striking General Motors gives workers a mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus. In return, the contract allows GM to proceed with factory closures in Lordstown, Ohio; Warren, Michigan; and near Baltimore. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 17, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/auto-workers-celebrate-tentative-deal-with-gm-to-end-strike-2019-10-16?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo Questions for… Read more »

Job hopping: This is how long employees typically stay at Tesla, Apple, Facebook, Cisco, Nvidia, Oracle and more

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Description: Big tech companies in Silicon Valley worry about retaining in-demand workers who are barraged with tempting job offers — but some companies seem to retain employees for longer than others. Source: BizJournals.com Date: Oct 17, 2019 Link: https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2019/10/17/tech-employers-longest-tenure-tsla-aapl-csco-intc.html?ana=yahoo&yptr=yahoo Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons these employees behave as they do, according to the article and… Read more »

Lululemon investigating after report alleges abuses at Bangladesh factory

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Description: Vancouver company says currently no orders planned from factory, which is owned by Korean firm Source: CBC.ca Date: Oct 15, 2019 Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bangladesh-factory-lululemon-1.5321405 Questions for discussion: What are the social issues and related problems facing companies like Lululemon, as highlighted in this report? How should management respond? What strategy should be taken to mitigate… Read more »

Ontario human rights tribunal orders employer to pay $120,000 in damages to worker it didn’t even hire

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Description: A recent award from Ontario’s human rights tribunal should have employers carefully reviewing their HR policies and emailing their employment lawyers. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct 09, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/ontario-human-rights-tribunal-orders-employer-to-pay-120000-in-damages-to-worker-it-didnt-even-hire#comments-area Questions for discussion: What message does this article have for Ontario HR managers? How should the hiring process be modified in order to mitigate the… Read more »

United Airlines ramps up recruitment to hire 10,000 pilots over the next decade

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Description: Close to half of United’s roughly 12,500 pilots will retire over the next 10 years, the airline estimates, and it expects to need to hire 10,000 over that period to keep pace with growth. Boeinghas estimates that airlines will need 645,000 pilots from 2019 through 2038, with 212,000 in North America alone. Source: CNBC.com – video… Read more »

Forever 21 Canada aims to start liquidation next week

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Description: Forever 21 Canada plans to begin liquidating its stores next week, pending court approval, and complete the process by November 30, according to documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Oct 04, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/forever-21-canada-aims-to-start-liquidation-next-week-1.1326667 Questions for discussion: What are the reasons for the failure, according to the article?… Read more »

McDonald’s CEO Wants Big Macs to Keep Up With Big Tech

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Description: Steve Easterbrook is giving the Golden Arches a data makeover, but franchisees are balking at the cost. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-09-25/steve-easterbrook-wants-mcdonald-s-to-think-like-silicon-valley Questions for discussion: What is the new strategic thinking at McDonald’s? Why is it a hard sell to frnchisees?

Premium tea bags leach billions of microplastics per cup: Study

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Description: MONTREAL — A McGill University professor says tea lovers may be swallowing billions of tiny plastic particles along with their favourite brew. Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/premium-tea-bags-leach-billions-of-microplastics-per-cup-study-1.1322338 Questions for discussion: What are the ethical and legal issues related to companies selling this product? What should management at companies that are using… Read more »

The White-Collar Job Apocalypse That Didn’t Happen

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Description: Economists once warned that office jobs in the United States would soon follow factory jobs in moving overseas. New research suggests that jobs may be moving to other parts of the country instead. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/27/business/economy/jobs-offshoring.html Questions for discussion: What are the results of the study? Why are they… Read more »