The really rich tech guy with the generous ex is spending a lot of money to determine whether if he has workers sign contracts to work for a certain amount of time, if he can enforce it, or will still have to let them quit.

If they are allowed to quit, he wants a clause in the contract forcing them to repay a bonus he plans on offering.

They won’t be able to repay and will be forced to continue working for the company until it is paid off.

Jeff Bezos

MacKenzie Scott

Amazon Is Paying Employees to Quit Right Before Critical Union Vote

An annual program in which Amazon offers to pay workers at least $1,000 to quit their jobs could threaten a unionization drive in Bessemer, Alabama.

On Sunday, there were concerns on Twitter that the drive was specifically targeted at the Bessemer warehouse, but Amazon runs this program nationally and has for several years. This year’s program, and internal documentation spelling it out, was first reported by labor reporter Kim Kelly. “We love that you’re part of the team. But if you have goals outside of Amazon, we want to support you,” a handout obtained by Kelly says. “That’s why we have a voluntary resignation program called ‘The Offer’ — an exit bonus starting at $1,000, based on how many Peaks you’ve worked.”

Regardless of its national scope, if workers in Bessemer who are supportive of the union take it, the drive there could be threatened.

“I researched and found out they do it at a lot of facilities and what not. But it was a good time to do it now in Bessemer. That could hurt the votes,” Michael Foster, one of the leaders of Bessemer’s union drive, told Motherboard. “If they quit the vote won’t count. To me it’s just to prevent the people from getting the union in. They need to thin out some people. It’s kind of a polite way to do it.” – Source

MacKenzie Scott gives away billions, again

MacKenzie Scott says she’s given away another chunk of her fortune: more than $2.7 billion. Along with the $1.7 billion announced in July 2020 and $4.2 billion in December, Scott has now given away about $8.5 billion in less than a year.

Scott, who is the billionaire ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, said the money will go to 286 organizations that she has identified as being “high impact” in “underfunded and overlooked” communities and categories. Her model of giving — direct no-strings-attached donations to organizations selected by a team of advisers — has made her an outlier in the billionaire charity world.

Scott announced the donations in a Medium post, where she pushed back at the idea of the media focusing on her personally when covering this news.

“Putting large donors at the center of stories on social progress is a distortion of their role,” she wrote. “It would be better if disproportionate wealth were not concentrated in a small number of hands, and that the solutions are best designed and implemented by others.”

The long list of beneficiaries includes schools and organizations dedicated to the arts, female empowerment, equity, anti-discrimination, and global poverty. The amounts given were not disclosed, but the University of Central Florida announced that it received $40 million from Scott, which was the largest single donation in the school’s history. And San Jacinto College received $30 million, which will be used to provide free tuition to thousands of recent high school graduates from nearby school districts. – Source

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