unions

  • Crunch Network

    Why Seattle’s Ridesharing And Taxi Unionization Measure Misses The Mark

    The Seattle City Council recently passed a first-in-nation local ordinance that seeks to allow ridesharing and taxi drivers to unionize and collectively bargain. The city is trying to solve a problem created under federal law that doesn’t permit companies to provide benefits and protections to independent contractor workers like private for-hire drivers. Read More

  • The Huffington Post Editorial Staff Moves Forward With Union Plans

    The Huffington Post Editorial Staff Moves Forward With Union Plans

    The editorial team at the Huffington Post has officially asked management to recognize the Writers Guild of America, East as its union. In recent months, the newsrooms of several digital media organizations (including Gawker, Salon and ThinkProgress) have unionized with the Writers Guild. A similar effort has been underway at The Huffington Post — which, like TechCrunch, is owned by… Read More

  • Why Labor Unions And Silicon Valley Aren’t Friends, In 2 Charts

    Why Labor Unions And Silicon Valley Aren’t Friends, In 2 Charts

    None of the Internet giants have unionized employees, which has made Silicon Valley a favorite target for civil libertarians. Earlier this month, after several prominent Bay Area technologists came out against the BART subway union strike, it provided a convenient excuse for haters to brand the tech community as greedy oligarchs. “There’s a reason why so many people are hating on… Read More

  • Want To Unionize Developers? Focus On Workplace Democracy

    Want To Unionize Developers? Focus On Workplace Democracy

    Despite the efforts of many different organizers over the years software developers have resisted unionization. The relatively high pay and good working conditions of developers, the stereotype of geeks as loners and the general decline of unions in the U.S. are all commonly cited reasons. But maybe unions are failing in tech because they’re not addressing the real issue: giving… Read More

  • Apple Employees Complain Of Demoralizing Working Conditions, Fail To See Irony

    A story in the pro-union journal InTheseTimes paints Apple store workers as exhausted, demoralized, and generally ready to strum a little Woody Guthrie and hold hands around the old trash barrel, hissing at scabs. CultOfMac pulls out a few pertinent quotes: Veteran Apple Store workers asking about pay disparities (namely, that new hires were being paid more than many employees who had been at… Read More

  • Whispers Of Unions At Apple Stores

    According to a Reuters report an employee at a San Francisco Apple store, Cory Moll, is working on forming an Apple retail employees’ union, thereby giving the geniuses a few bargaining rights. “There’s definitely no call to action yet. Right now what I hope to gain is to get people to start talking about it and get comfortable with it,” he said. Read More