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Why Newsrooms Are Unionizing Now
Steven Greenhouse/Nieman Reports, March 21, 2019.
yesterday by markcoddington
mcc on Twitter: "Social justice language concerns power, but is also a tool *of* power—that's the point, it is a weapon which the powerless can use to claw power back. This means you have always remember *why* SJ language exists cuz if you're not carefu
A thread noting that in software or high-tech, devs have more power than most unionized groups, so it's actually to the advantage of senior devs to be scabs.

@mcclure111: "As for a class/"privilege" analysis of unions, I think an excellent use of a tech union would be forcing the company to use unionized work for contract employees like cafeteria or security workers—using high-bargaining-power ENGs/FTEs to assist low-bargaining-power workers. (6/6)"
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2 days ago by mechazoidal
GWU GDC 2019 Zine - What Can Unions Do to Help?
“As workers, all of us benefit from past unionizing efforts. Here are some things unions have fought for and won in the past:

“Safety regulations • Health care insurance • Ending unpaid overtime • Unemployment insurance • Protection from mass layoffs and unfair firings • Anti-harassment policies • Closing the wage gap • Paid sick leave • Paid parental leave • Annual leave • Pensions • Week-ends • Meal breaks • Abolishing child labour

“In the sections that follow we’ll break down some of the specific ways that unions can help workers in the game industry.”
unions  programming  zines  2019 
4 days ago by handcoding
GWU GDC 2019 Zine
“As game workers, we recognize that these widespread issues will persist as long as we have to depend on management to address them. It is only through workers of the game industry organizing on our own terms and in order to defend our collective interest as workers that any progress will be possible.

“GWU is comprised exclusively of workers — no bosses! — and has chapters across the globe. We are building a movement of pro-union solidarity and helping game workers organize for better conditions at their workplace wherever they may be.

“The game industry is making record profits, yet very little of that is flowing into the hands of the people who actually create the games. Together, we have the power to change this.”
(via: https://twitter.com/KindraDantone/status/1107720756782223360)
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4 days ago by handcoding
Kickstarter’s staff is unionizing - The Verge
“The staff of Kickstarter announced plans to unionize today. If recognized, Kickstarter would be the first major tech company with union representation in the United States.

“Members of the union, which goes by Kickstarter United, say they want to improve inclusivity and transparency at the company. To unionize, they’re working with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153.”
theverge  2019  verge  kickstarter  unions 
5 days ago by handcoding
Labor secretary seldom meets with labor, calendar shows - POLITICO
the labor secretary took a U-turn in August 2017, opting to delay implementation of the regulation's second part after meeting, in June and July, with Republican lawmakers who opposed the rule; with Abby Johnson, chairman of Fidelity Investments; and with Dirk Kempthorne, former Idaho governor and former chairman of the American Council of Life Insurers.
trumpteam  regulation  unions 
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