Author: Noah Lanard

I Was an Overworked Covid Nurse. I Had Enough When My Boss Told Me the Only Snack in the Room Was Him.

In our January + February 2022 cover story, we attempted to answer a simple question: What the hell happened to labor since the pandemic began? It wasn’t one thing. But this package—through a series of worker stories as told in their own voices, interviews with experts, and dissections of media narratives—attempts to make sense of the […]

I Was an Amazon Staffer. I Finally Had Enough When My Wife Was Dying and I Was Told to Perform or Quit.

In our January + February 2022 cover story, we attempted to answer a simple question: What the hell happened to labor since the pandemic began? It wasn’t one thing. But this package—through a series of worker stories as told in their own voices, interviews with experts, and dissections of media narratives—attempts to make sense of the […]

The Man Who Called Bullshit on Uber

In December 2016, Forbes put Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick on its cover. “Super Uber,” a headline declared. “The most valuable startup ever isn’t content to be the Uber of Uber. How the $68 billion juggernaut is about to change the way everything moves.” The story opened with Kalanick pacing about a conference room. He was […]

An Instagram Account Helped Galvanize Hollywood’s Blue-Collar Workers Like Never Before

Terry Dresbach, a costume designer and longstanding member of IATSE Local 892, has spent three decades working in what she considers to be an abusive system. Makeup artists, set builders, and camera operators—the blue-collar labor force that keeps Hollywood running—work inhuman hours, and then entertainment companies profit massively while pretending they can’t afford to do […]

New York City Loaded Taxi Drivers With Debt. Now They’re on Hunger Strike to Force Real Relief.

On Wednesday, taxi drivers, local elected officials, and their allies gathered outside New York City Hall to announce the beginning of a hunger strike. They are protesting a plan announced last month by the de Blasio administration to help taxi drivers reduce their debt burdens—a plan that the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, the 21,000-member group […]

Hollywood Producers and Union Leaders Reach Deal They Hope Will Avert a Strike on Monday

Union leaders and Hollywood producers have reached an agreement that they hope will avert a strike that was set to begin Monday. The tentative agreement provides a number of improvements in wages and benefits for the costume designers, editors, set builders, and other craftspeople who work behind the scenes to keep the entertainment industry running.    […]

American Missionaries and Their Families Have Been Kidnapped in Haiti

A gang kidnapped seventeen people, including three minors, associated with an American Christian aid group in Port-au-Prince on Saturday. The American missionaries were kidnapped less than a month after the Biden administration expelled thousands of Haitians under a Trump-era border policy. The attack is a reminder that the disaster-ravaged country is now no longer safe for anybody: […]

My Wife Was Dying of Brain Cancer. My Boss at Amazon Told Me to Perform or Quit.

Amazon has long been accused of treating its workers as expendable. The stories of contract drivers forced to pee in bottles and warehouse employees whose labor is tracked down to the second have become infamous. But the misery doesn’t stop there. Amazon’s white-collar workers—the ones who write the code and manage relationships with major companies—must […]