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Google Axes 12,000 Jobs As Big Tech Layoffs Continue
January 25, 2023 // The Google layoffs follow heavy jobs cuts at Facebook parent company Meta, Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce and numerous other firms as higher interest rates and fears of a recession hammer the tech sector. According to an analysis conducted earlier this week by The Standard, tech companies have laid off roughly 90,000 workers in the last year and more than 12,000 workers in San Francisco during this month alone. Those layoffs span major local employers such as Salesforce and a smattering of smaller startups.
Tech Layoffs Threaten Unions’ Plan to Draw White-Collar Workers
January 18, 2023 // Some 500 technology companies have axed nearly 100,000 workers since last October, according to Layoffs.fyi, a public database of tech layoffs. Amazon this month announced it would cut 18,000 jobs, and on the same day, cloud computing company Salesforce and the online video-sharing service Vimeo said they would slash 10% and 11% of their staffs, respectively. Meta, formerly known as Facebook, said in November it would eliminate 11,000 jobs—about 13% of its staff. Those reductions in force don’t bode well for unions that have increasingly funneled resources into tech organizing, which was, until recently, seen as an ever-growing pool of potential members. The AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor federation, last year raised membership fees for the first time in two decades, hoping to raise $10 million a year for new organizing. Union leaders this month flocked to Las Vegas for the CES technology conference, set on understanding how the latest innovations in artificial intelligence could disrupt their industries.
Disney CEO Bob Iger wants employees to return to the office four days a week
January 10, 2023 // “Starting March 1, employees currently working in a hybrid fashion will be asked to spend four days a week on-site, targeting Monday through Thursday as in-person workdays,” Iger said in an internal email obtained by MarketWatch. The edict, just weeks after Iger took over Disney DIS, +0.91% from ousted CEO Bob Chapek, is the latest from a high-profile executive asking employees to return to the office at least three days a week. Last month, Snap Inc. SNAP, -0.22% CEO Evan Spiegel said the company expects employees to spend at least 80% of their time in the office beginning in February, according to an internal memo. Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL, +0.78% GOOG, +0.73% Google, Apple Inc. AAPL, +0.41%, Twitter Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM, -0.41% have made similar requests.
UNION CLAIMS ALPHABET BLOCKS WORKERS FROM ACCESSING PAY TRANSPARENCY DATA
November 8, 2022 // Alphabet Workers Union-Communications Workers of America, which seeks to represent directly employed and contingent workers at Google, on Thursday filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. It alleges Alphabet and two of its staffing vendors prohibited contract workers from accessing an internal pay transparency spreadsheet. Accenture Flex and Crowd Staffing,
YouTube Music contractors vote to unionize
October 26, 2022 // The AWU-CWA says it "won't stop organizing until all Alphabet workers (full-time, temporary, vendor and contract workers) have dignity on the job, the pay and benefits we deserve, and a seat at the table."
Waymo workers form union in the latest push to organize Silicon Valley
October 12, 2022 // The cafeteria workers at the Mountain View-based company cite the high cost of living in the Bay Area and the lack of strong benefits while working for one of the world's most valuable companies. Waymo is owned by Google parent company, Alphabet. The workers are employed by Sodexo, which contracts service work for Google and other companies. Organizers say they have a majority of union cards signed from the roughly two dozen-person bargaining unit.
The Atlantic’s Tech And Business Workers Intend To Unionize
July 25, 2022 // The organizing campaign is the latest sign that collective bargaining within media isn’t just for newsrooms in the digital era. The proposed union would include some 130 members in New York and Washington who are employed in revenue-driving jobs like data analysis, software engineering, graphic design for sponsored content, sales, marketing and customer service. The workers intend to join the NewsGuild of New York, the same union that now represents Atlantic writers and editors. Tech workers at The New York Times voted overwhelmingly to join the NewsGuild in March after a public fight with their employer; the Times had opposed the union effort despite the fact that other Times jobs had been union for decades. business workers, Erin Boon, data scientist, Michal Anderson, graphic designer, Range Rover, Netflix, declining ad revenue, fossil fuel companies, Jeffrey Goldberg,
Maryland Apple store workers face hurdles after their vote to unionize
June 22, 2022 // Ruth Milkman, Michael Duff, Josh Lipton,
Apple workers vote to unionize at Maryland store
June 20, 2022 // Many unionization efforts have been led by young workers in their 20s and even in their teens. A group of Google engineers and other workers formed the Alphabet Workers Union last year, which represents around 800 Google employees and is run by five people who are under 35. Amazon workers at a warehouse in New York City voted to unionize in April, the first successful U.S. organizing effort in the retail giant’s history. However, workers at another Amazon warehouse on Staten Island overwhelmingly rejected a union bid last month. Meanwhile, Starbucks workers at dozens of U.S. stores have voted to unionize in recent months, after two of the coffee chain’s stores in Buffalo, New York, voted to unionize late last year. industrial trade union, TOWSON, Baltimore, Josh Lipton, Robert Martinez Jr.,
Union membership grows, but support still shy of earlier peaks
June 16, 2022 // Unionization has recently sprouted up in some of the nation’s largest companies, but union support and influence is still nowhere near what it once was. The AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia Tuesday is where more than 50 different unions debate and hammer out resolutions that will help shape the labor movement’s future. About 2,000 union members, leaders and state and local officials attend the gathering, which is held every four years, and where labor leaders chart strategy. Paul Gerke, Tom Palmer, Siera Moore, News Nation,