Nov 2, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

📷 Enjoy this pre-midterm weekend, and hope you can join Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT for the debut of "Axios on HBO."

  • I'd love to hear what you think about the show or anything else. Just reply to this email, or hit me on mike@axios.com.
1 big thing: The tech elites are revolting

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

This won't go away: Elite U.S. tech workers, some awakened to political organizing by the election of President Trump, are increasingly giving their own CEOs a painful wakeup call via internal dissents on company business decisions and policies.

Between the lines: It's a "Revolt of the Haves," with highly-paid workers seeking to leverage their employers in ways that lower-skilled workforces cannot, AP's Mae Anderson and Matt O'Brien report.

  • Microsoft and Amazon workers have dissented on facial recognition projects used by U.S. law enforcement and immigration services.
  • Google staffers have protested the company's censored search engine for China and its projects with the U.S. military.
  • Just this week, hundreds of Google employees walked out in protest of the company's handling of sexual harassment.
  • "Walkout co-organizer Meredith Whittaker... said in an interview that workers’ demands for better treatment at the company are intertwined with their larger concerns about a 'general abuse of power' that includes how Google’s business ventures affect society."

The bottom line: The midterms are Tuesday, but these political earthquakes look like they're just getting started.

Bonus: Pics du jour
Photo: Tom White/Getty Images

Beautiful autumn reflections at dawn in the Lake District in the U.K.

Photo: Tom White/Getty Images
2. What you missed
  1. The U.S. added 250,000 jobs in October, beating the 190,000 jobs estimate. Unemployment rate held at 3.7%, a nearly 50-year low, while wages grew 3.1% year-over-year, the biggest jump since 2009. Go deeper.
  2. Scoop: Plant-based meat maker Beyond Meat has added Coca-Cola CFO Kathy Waller and Twitter CFO Ned Segal to its board of directors. Go deeper.
  3. The young guys aren't working: Men between the ages of 25-34 are participating in the job market — that is, working or looking for a job — at lower rates than they were prior to the 2008 financial crisis. Go deeper.
  4. All U.S. sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal will be reimposed, with a few exemptions. Go deeper.
  5. Benjamin Netanyahu broke his silence on Jamal Khashoggi, saying the killing was "horrendous" but the world needs a stable Saudi Arabia. Go deeper.
3. 1 fun thing

Photo: HGTV via AP

"Six cast members of “The Brady Bunch” gathered Thursday in Los Angeles at the home that was featured in the opening and closing of the sitcom," the AP reports.

  • "HGTV purchased the home in the Studio City neighborhood in Los Angeles for its new series, “A Very Brady Renovation.”
  • "Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia, along with Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen walked through the two-bedroom dwelling."
Mike Allen