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Kickstarter Employees Vote to Unionize in a Big Step for Tech

Kate Conger and Noam Scheiber The New York Times
Hands holding a Kickstarter United button Engineers and others at the crowdfunding platform voted narrowly to form a union, one of the first tech companies to do so. “The tech sector represents a new frontier for union organizing,” Richard Lanigan, the union’s president, said in a statement.

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What if Google Unionized?

Jon Evans TechCrunch
What are the checks and balances for Big Tech? What forces and people can keep them honest? The obvious answer is: their employees.

Code Red: Organizing the Tech Sector

Alex Press Out There
desk lamps A few years ago, a room full of techies — ​shorthand for white-collar tech employees, usually software engineers or computer programmers — gathered to organize their industry was unthinkable.

High-Tech Workers, Jobs, College Graduates and Immigration

Richard Trumka, Hal Salzman, Daniel Kuehn, B. Lindsay Lowel
Companies want a massive expansion of visa holders so they can pay them less. This is about powerful companies pursuing lower wages. "Immigration helps America. People who come here to pursue their dreams and aspire to be citizens strengthen our country. America's unions embrace immigrants and new citizens. We worry about corporations firing or passing over qualified American workers in order to import temporary foreign workers at lower wages." (AFL-CIO)
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