Thursday, October 8, 2020

HCL/Google violate the workers rights to organize by closing down the lab in Pittsburgh

 We just learned the bad news of HCL closing down the lab in Pittsburgh to send the jobs to Poland. Exactly the same illegal run away shop strategy Lionbridge/Microsoft used against our small union. Shame on HCL. Protest on their accounts on Linkedin, Twitter, Youtube etc. 

Friday, August 28, 2020

Why they organized at HCL in Pittsburgh

Ben Gwin's story at HCL/Google as told to One Zero is so similar to what we experienced at Lionbridge/Microsoft. I am now wondering where they are with the bargaining process, almost one year after they won the union vote.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Change of name: welcome to Federation of tech Workers and United HCL Workers of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Association of Tech Professionals is now Federation of Tech Workers. Our mission remains the same: helping workers in the tech industry improve their working conditions and making their workplaces more fair and safer--now more than ever 
Follow them on Facebook. (I could not find a website). They organized in September 2019. No info (yet?) about the collective bargaining process. Also visit their twitter account United HCL Workers of Pittsburgh 

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Friday, October 11, 2019

American Factory, a documentary on Netflix: Capital vs labor

Interesting. It's too bad a majority of workers were scared enough to vote against a union :( 
They were definitely exposed to all the same tricks, firing of pro-union workers, intense propaganda sessions (the very same stuff we were fed by Lionbridge and is fed everywhere), sudden $2 pay raise (look at what you could lose) etc... :( . At the end it's a 'classical' but not often showed in movies story of capital vs labor. 
There are many reviews if you google American Story. I selected this article published before the film. Of course, workers would be better off with a union and the company would still make a profit (as we all know and as they already are). Hopefully it will happen asap. Later  I found this by Jon Talton for the Seattle Times.
I looked a bit more at Fuyao: they just bought a plant in Germany (that had gone bankrupt). Wondering if they have unions there. Here about labor protests in China now and in the past

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Friday, September 27, 2019

Melinda's take on how to accelerate change

As I am working on putting out a third and updated edition of The Other Microsoft, I visited Melinda Gates, Pivotal Ventures website (here the paid leave working group, unfortunately with a broken link) and as well as the Evoke one. This extract is dedicated to gender equality but it could apply to any change, including paid leave, a topic she has said she supports. Read below the content of 'Amplify external pressure'. I'll share my comments later. Take care.