CODE-CWA Press & Updates

(Goleta, California) Today the human operators behind AppFolio’s award-winning AI software, Lisa, won their union election and will be represented by

“Let me congratulate the workers at Amazon for having the incredible courage to stand up and to fight for a union. The fight you are waging will send a message to workers all across the country that if they stand up, stand together, and fight, they can win.” Bernie Sanders on Twitter.

 

“In the fifth-largest economy in the world, it is shameful that working parents are forced to make decisions like bringing their children to work with them.”

 

After months of diligent organizing work and community building, the workers of Medium (including all engineering, editorial, marketing, product design, and other workers) have formed their Medium Workers Union.

An overwhelming majority of the workers have signed union authorization cards and have asked management for voluntary recognition. The Medium Workers Union looks forward to bargaining with management in good faith.

January is closing with the Alphabet Workers Union growing every week to now over 800 members, NFL players endorsing what could become the first union in Amazon’s history, 75 groups urging Congress to expand access to federal employment protections to app-based workers, and the new Biden administration tapping a gig economy ally, Julie Su, to be the Labor Department’s second in command.

So many hopeful signs and the year has just started.

This commitment to building democracy in the workplace is not just for the benefit of workers, but for all of us.

The new year started off with a bang for tech worker organizing. After over a year of organizing, the Alphabet Workers Union was launched at Google. This effort is just another example in the growing evidence that tech worker organizing is not only possible but it is necessary.

On January 4th, 2021 over two hundred workers from across Google and its parent company Alphabet launched the Alphabet Workers Union as a part of the Communications Workers of America. The campaign had been developing secretly over the last year as a part of the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE-CWA).

In January 2021, 200 workers across Alphabet (including Google, subsidiary companies, and vendors) announced they had formed a non-contract union with CWA Local 1400 under the name "Alphabet Workers Union." The union is open to full time employees, as well as temps vendors and contractors. Within the first month, membership jumped to 900+ workers from all areas of the company.

This Wednesday at 5pm PT / 8pm ET join us for a livestream Q&A with Harsha Pilli and Raghav Kaushik, Microsoft Workers and Caste in Tech Activists. RSVP to ask questions!

Hosted by a CODE-CWA campaign lead Wes McEnany and CODE-CWA organizer Tedwood Strong.


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