New Letter from Alphabet Workers Union Condemns Google Management of Workplace Harassment
After an Op-Ed in The New York Times from former-Googler Emi Nietfeld made waves, the Alphabet Workers Union demanded real changes from CEO Sundar Pichai.
Techworker Podcast Ep1
In the debut issue of the Techworker podcast, Paul and Dan discuss Uber's new deal in the UK, the difficulties (or not) with convincing tech workers to unionize, Facebook's treatment of its content moderators and much more besides.
A Q&A with Dr. Hadas Kress-Gazit, robotics researcher who pulled-out of a Google workshop in support of AI ethicists
Dr Kress-Gazit talks with Techworker about how she made her decision to go public in her support of the ex-Googlers, and shared some advice for other workers considering the same.
Uber and Lyft announces new safety program, for everyone except drivers
This past Friday, Uber and Lyft announced their new Industry Sharing Safety Program, a collaboration with workplace solutions company HireRight to share information on drivers who have had their accounts deactivated for serious offenses like sexual assault or murder.
Facebook employees should see the company’s dark side too
It's time for Facebook to erase the buffer between its techno-utopian employees and the outsourced content moderators who understand the platform's dark reality.
Rubio assures Amazon workers: The GOP is firmly not *not* on your side
Is there any issue today that can't be twisted into a front in the culture wars? Apparently not, judging from a head-spinning op-ed from Marco Rubio in USA Today.
Tech CEOs want to disrupt education. What could possibly go wrong?
What happens when Elon Musk asks you to help build his school?
Silicon Valley’s reckoning with caste discrimination is deferred, for now
In Santa Clara court Cisco argues against its employees' civil rights.
How to know if it’s safe to talk about mental health at work
We’ve come a long way since the days we’d whisper the word “therapist” (or use the word “shrink” instead) in public, but encouraging all people to open up about their mental wellbeing at work can also have its consequences.
How does a tech union contract get made?
A conversation with two Glitch employees about their milestone negotiation.
Grassroots gigworker activism, brought to you by… Uber
As Uber and other gig economy companies struggle towards profitability during a global pandemic, it seems they're busy laying the astroturf in preparation for a nationwide legislative push to restrict the pay and benefits of gig economy workers.
New report examines how attacks on Big Tech affect workers
It’s hard to build solidarity amidst a “Techlash” when companies don’t allow their employees to feel
Is joining a union… Googley?
Organizing with co-workers is probably the clearest shot Google workers have at actually contributing to racial and economic justice...so….who’s in? Anyone??? Hello? Where’d everybody go?
Biden supports Amazon worker union efforts, warns against corporate intimidation and propaganda
A shot across the bows for Jeff Bezos, and his powerful propaganda machine (led by a former Obama/Biden press secretary!)
Medium Workers Union earns majority support from employees, but narrowly misses company recognition
Though a majority (52%) of workers voted to recognize the union, the union was just one vote shy of being recognized by Medium according to terms both the company and organizers had initially agreed to.
Tech workers in the UK are finding their voice… but will they unionize?
The UK has started to see a new type of trade unionism, characterized by flat hierarchies, quick mobilisation, and a sword-of-justice focus. Will that be enough to persuade digital natives to organize en masse?
Ghosting isn’t just for dating—recruiters do it, too
Between a global pandemic and a devastating unemployment rate, empathy is key to helping our fellow humans make it through the day. Unfortunately, recruiters at some companies don’t seem to have gotten the memo.
Wave of techworkers speak out about toxic culture at large tech companies
Employees at Google, Amazon, Mailchimp and Salesforce have alleged discriminatory treatment in the last two weeks.
Can UX design really fix tech’s misinformation problem?
Few UX designers enter the field because they hope to manipulate users’ political opinions. And yet here we are.
Jeff Bezos on Food Stamps
A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office has found that Amazon and Walmart are among the top national employers of people who rely on government food assistance.