Worker power in the tech industry

Guided by our vision for an inclusive & equitable tech industry, TWC organizes to build worker power through rank & file self-organization and education.

Looking for a Tech Worker Union?

While TWC is strongly affiliated with several unions around the world, and counts many union members and organizers in our ranks, we are not a union ourselves. If you're interested in unionizing, we can help! If you're curious what is out there, check out this (rough) list of active and ongoing labor efforts in both tech and adjacent industries.

Who we are

We are a coalition of workers in and around the tech industry, labor organizers, community organizers, and friends.

Who we support

We work in solidarity with existing movements towards social justice, workers' rights, and economic inclusion.

How we work

We’re a democratically structured, all-volunteer, and worker-led organization. At this point, membership consists of attending meetings in person and working on the various projects that people are interested in. We organize online but IRL is the crux of what we do. Check out our Community Guide for more info. Join the Slack to connect with a local in your area.

Find a local chapter

Check out a meeting at a local chapter

Contact us

We’re also happy to chat, answer any questions you might have, or hear about any social justice efforts in which you need a partner. Send us an email.

If you’re a member of the press, please get in touch with us through press@techworkersco.org.

Recent mentions in the Press

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Interview on tech unions and Wikipedia via Netzpolitik [1]

Voices From the Valley Is a Snapshot of the Tech Industry, as Told By Workers Themselves via Jacobin [1]

Construction for Tesla's gigafactory in Berlin is full steam ahead, but not everyone is happy about it via Sifted [1]

Recent Collective Actions by Tech Workers

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Medium workers have announced they are forming a union. Over 140 Medium workers (reportedly 70% of eligible workers) have signed union cards in support of forming a union with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 9410. They have called on management to voluntarily recognize the union. [1][2][3]

Amazon suspends hosting for Parler, a social network app cited for facilitating the pro-Trump storming of the Capitol, after Amazon employees send internal messages to AWS management and participate in various online actions, including a coworker.org petition. [1][2]

Following the pro-Trump storming of the Capitol on January 6, roughly 350 Twitter employees signed an internal letter addressed to CEO Jack Dorsey and top executives questioning Twitter's policies and role in facilitating the attack. The employees requested an investigation into corporation actions over the last several years and asked for greater transparency to the company’s decision-making process regarding Donald Trumps' Twitter account on the day of the attack. [1]

Over 200 Google employees in the U.S. and Canada revealed that they had formed a solidarity union. Updated to 530 members (1/6/21). Updated to 700 members (1/12/21). Updated to 800 members (2/17/21).The Alphabet Workers Union includes contractors, who make up over half of the company's workforce, and is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America. According to the union website, the goal of the AWU is "to create a democratic process for workers to wield decision-making power; promote social, economic, and environmental justice; and end the unfair disparities between TVCs (temporary, vendor, and contractor workers) and FTEs (full-time employees)". The union has been over a year in the making and organizers credit the foundation laid by the last decade of collective actions at the company. [1][2][3][4][5]

Shanghai factory workers at the Apple supplier Pegatron turned out to protest a pay dispute with management at the weekend. Thousands of temporary workers gathered outside the Taiwanese-invested Pegatron facility in Shanghai, as authorities dispatched large numbers of police to block their entrance to the facility, sparking clashes. The protest came after Pegatron tried to transfer thousands of workers from its Shanghai factory to another facility at Kunshan in the eastern province of Jiangsu. Those who refused the transfer would be fired, and workers fired for refusing the offer wouldn't be eligible for their share of finders' fee commission usually shared between recruitment agencies and workers. [1]