“The Teamsters are trying to organize Amazon’s warehouse workers, but they are limited in what they can do for Amazon’s drivers. ‘The sad part is that the government has allowed this independent-contractor model to basically exploit obligations of employers,’ Sean O’Brien, the Teamsters leader, told me. ‘It’s really, truly diminished good middle-class jobs.’ It’s also made it difficult for UPS, with its full-time drivers and regular start times, to keep up. Perrone told me that he recently saw an Amazon Flex driver delivering a package to a neighbor’s house at 5:45 a.m. ‘People are waking up to packages on their front doorstep,’ he said. He imagined what might be going through the minds of UPS executives: ‘How can we compete with this nonsense?'” The New Yorker’s Jennifer Gonnerman with an interesting look at a labor dispute that reflects a society that’s been split into two strata: The orderers and the deliverers. UPS and the Package Wars.

+ Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court considers narrowing federal protections for unions