Labor & Economy Reporter
Monica Nickelsburg is an economy reporter covering labor issues, the changing nature of work, the rise and fall of industries, technology trends and workplace equity. She has extensive experience covering Amazon, Microsoft and other major players re-shaping the Seattle region.
Monica spent six years covering the intersection of technology and public policy as GeekWire’s civic editor. As a freelancer, she’s covered food and sustainability for The Food and Environment Reporting Network, Civil Eats, Grist and others. Before moving to Seattle, Monica worked as a digital producer for The Week and interned for NBC, The Daily Beast and Forbes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University in Journalism and History.
Languages Spoken: English
Howard Schultz grilled at Senate hearing over Starbucks' 'aggressive union busting'
Howard Schultz’s morning coffee came with a shot of reproach today, as the former Starbucks CEO testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
Seattle mandates paid sick time for food delivery drivers
Seattle’s food delivery drivers will be eligible for paid time off when they get sick or need to deal with other safety related issues under a plan approved Tuesday by the City Council.
As CEO steps down, Starbucks employees strike
On Monday, as Howard Schultz stepped down as interim CEO of Starbucks, he sent a memo to leadership at Starbucks. It reads, in part: “As I step away, I leave you all as the stewards, in service of all of our partners. They are the heart and soul of our company — the living embodiment of human connection.” Today, “partners” — aka store baristas — at 100 Starbucks cafes are on strike.
Amazon cuts another 9,000 jobs signaling new era for the company
Amazon delivered another dose of uncertainty to employees Monday morning: CEO Andy Jassy announced another 9,000 jobs will be eliminated in the coming weeks, making for a total of 27,000 cuts by the company so far this year.
Seattle moves to mandate paid sick time for food delivery drivers
The workers who deliver your takeout and groceries could soon be guaranteed paid sick time in Seattle.
Amazon taps brakes on HQ2
Amazon is postponing construction on a key part of its big office complex in the DC area. HQ2 was originally designed to house 25,000 employees, but now it’s unclear when Amazon will meet its hiring goal.
Facebook layoffs could boost Seattle startup scene
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees on Tuesday to expect an additional 10,000 layoffs in the coming months. That’s on top of more than 11,000 employees that Facebook laid off late last year.