Tips on Unionizing Your Tech Workforce
Curated by: Small Business Management
Earlier this week, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) student activist groups CMU Labor Coalition and CMU Against ICE held a panel with labor organizers from HCL Technologies in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Last year, HCL became the first tech workplace to unionize. The panel included Renata Nelson and Ben Gwin from HCL as well as Damon Di Cicco, president of the United Steelworkers Local 1088 and an adjunct faculty member at Point Park University. This post has some teachings and learnings from the panel on how you can organize your tech workplace!
Right now is an urgent moment for worker’s rights and organization across the world. As panelist Damon Di Cicco said: “What we’re seeing nationally right now is an increase in interest in unions, especially among [younger] people, and part of that is the wealth disparity in society – there’s been such a polarization in terms of the middle class shriveling up while a smaller group hoards more and more of the resources and more and more people have to struggle just to get by on a day to day basis… Unions have always been the strongest bulwark against that kind of concentration of wealth and for the needs of working
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