CODE-CWA Press & Updates

“The last worker who walked out said only five or six workers were left. They had a bunch of managers, HR people, safety ambassadors doing their work. All the people who normally don’t have to do the work had to." —Christian Zamarrón, an organizer with Amazonians United Chicagoland on April 7’s Strike Over Amazon’s New 'Megacycle' Shifts

In a historic milestone for the tech industry, Glitch workers have signed a collective bargaining agreement with the company. The contract, which was ratified overwhelmingly by union members, will last for 11 months. It’s the first agreement signed by white collar tech workers in the United States, according to a press release from the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

After a rigorous organizing campaign, software engineers, campaigners and other workers successfully won voluntary recognition from EveryAction for their union at Mobilize, a community organizing app company. All eligible workers joined the new Mobilize union. The union is the latest to form as part of CWA's effort to organize tech workers, following last year's unionization of Glitch workers and the formation of the Alphabet Workers Union in January.

To keep in mind: The myth of the first Thanksgiving is a lie meant to erase the parasitic relationship between the early Puritans arrivals and the Wampanoag people. When the Puritans arrived, it was the Wampanoag people who greeted them with generosity and care...
“Working people took on authoritarianism and won.” As the red mirage faded, we saw clearly the incredible power of working people, particularly working Black people, who cast their ballots to cast out a racist authoritarian.

Join CODE-CWA November 10th at 5pm PT / 8pm ET as we present a livestream Q&A with Jeff Orlowski, the Director of The Social Dilemma. Moderated by a CODE-CWA campaign lead Wes McEnany and CODE-CWA organizer Tedwood Strong.

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“Believe in the power of people.” That’s Blue State Digital’s mission statement, and it’s the moniker adopted by the workers at the agency who recently announced they’re forming a union. Workers are coming together from across Blue State’s departments, disciplines, and offices to collectively improve their working conditions...
Solidarity with the Meow Wolf Workers Collective! Workers at Meow Wolf, an artsy collective based in Santa Fe that’s been profiled by The New York Times Magazine and even once got $2.7 million from George R. R. Martin, are voting to join CWA on Monday, and we could not be more excited...
This is a volatile political moment. If you saw the debate (and really if you’ve been paying any attention at all), it’s hard to shake the feeling of a profound political decline and crisis facing the United States...

This week we’re feeling motivated. Lots of the worker news in this week’s newsletter is positive movement.

From consultants at progressive political agency Blue State winning their CODE-CWA unionization campaign and joining CWA, to a Facebook employee becoming a prominent whistleblower, to nurses in the south winning their largest unionization campaign since 1975, it’s hard to feel like the labor movement isn’t gaining momentum during this pandemic.

Happy Labor Day Weekend! We hope that those of you who have today off have some time to rest and recover.

There’s lots of exciting news in this week’s newsletter. Just in time for Labor Day, a new poll was released showing record support for labor unions in the United States. Workers are organizing in the video game industry, the gig economy, and more. We also cover the history of the American Labor Day and explain why the United States no longer celebrates International Workers Day alongside the rest of the world.