Team Classiarius Viewpoint: Every tech company that is, most are, left leaning, has a tendency to talk about diversity and inclusion but when they hire, they hire the best measured by university and overall performance. Jobs are given to the best applicants. This makes sense, right?
On Thursday, it was announced that Amazon will not build its headquarters in New York City, after there was local opposition to the plan. This shocking revelation means that 25,000 high paying jobs will not go to the city. The New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo had warned that local and regional leaders would have to answer to voters if Amazon does pull out of the planned move.
Reuters reported the following. “While 70 percent of New Yorkers support out plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City,” an Amazon statement. It seems that local and state leaders were showing opposition after New York City and the state offered $3 billion in performance-based incentives to the company. In December, in an attempt to calm down local fears about its move, two executives attended a hearing in front of the members of the New York City Council.
A lot of the details were discussed in closed-door meetings, and this seemed to anger some local politicians. And some were suggesting that the company was engaging in a “shakedown” aimed at the local government. However, the local political figures wanted to tell Amazon who they can hire – making the workforce diverse and inclusive. More on this topic in the coming weeks and months.