The Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE-CWA) is a new initiative by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) to support workers’ organizing efforts in the technology and game industries.

Tech and game companies’ meteoric growth in recent years has been accompanied by growing concerns around workers’ rights and workplace conditions, including the disconnect between the companies’ stated values and the societal impact of the technology. CODE-CWA provides resources for workers who are joining together to demand change.

To lead this new initiative, CWA has hired two highly experienced organizers. Emma Kinema, co-founder of Game Workers Unite (GWU), a network of video game workers with chapters all over the world, will be based in the West coast. Wes McEnany, a leader in the groundbreaking Fight for 15 organizing campaign will be based in the East coast.

The Communications Workers of America has a long history of building power with workers in the technology, media and telecom (TMT) sector. CWA was founded by telecom workers, and supports media workers through its Newsguild-CWA and NABET-CWA sectors. In the late 1990’s CWA’s WashTech local did pioneering work to address issues faced by Microsoft’s contract workers.

In recent years CWA has built working relationships with worker-led movements in the tech and game industry.  Worker-organizers from across the North American Game Workers Unite movement attended the 2019 CWA Convention to connect with CWA members and discuss their shared concerns, which led to the GWU Toronto chapter signing a partnership agreement with CWA Canada.

The workers and organizers in the Communications Workers of America are proud to help self-organizing workers take their movement to the next level, building genuine power for the betterment of their conditions, products, and mission in the world through the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees!

Contact an organizer in the tech and game worker movement.