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Collective Actions in Tech

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This repository is an attempt to document all collective actions from workers in the tech industry.

For the purposes of this project, the tech industry is defined to include any companies whose core business is information technology. We are excluding adjacent industries such as gaming and digital media.

The goal of Collective Action in Tech is to give us, tech workers, insights on trends in worker power in the tech industry. This archive is meant to provide us with the data to find the connections between different struggless and to let us reflect collectively on moments in tech labor.

This repository is meant to be a live document. We need your help to ensure its accuracy and completeness! See the Contribution Guidelines for more information about how to contribute.

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Last Updated 15/05/2019 05:42PM
Number of documented actions 58

Actions

date 2019-05-11
sources www.fastcompany.com , gist.github.com
action protest
struggles ethics
description Tech workers organized by the Tech Workers Coalition are protesting the Palantir's contract with ICE on the company's GitHub projects. The plan calls for organized waves of digital protesters to post a prepared message to their GitHub boards. The protest appeals to workers to consider their role, even if indirectly, in Palantir’s work with ICE. It also encourages people to add their own personal sentiments.
companies palantir
tags ice
date 2019-05-08
sources medium.com , observer.com
action open_letter
struggles working_conditions
description Google employees publish an open letter demanding that Alphabet CEO Larry Page "immediately and publicly address the Walkout’s demands, and recommit Google to meeting them." The list of demands also asks for the company to allow Meredith to continue her work, fully funded, as before and to allow Claire to change teams without further retaliation. The letter calls out the broken nature of the HR department at Google, and demands for an open and transparent investigation on the department.
companies google
tags retaliation
date 2019-05-08
sources www.nytimes.com
action legal_action
struggles working_conditions
description Three Muslim Somali Workers at Amazon File Federal Discrimination Complaint, accusing the company of creating a hostile environment for Muslim workers and of retaliating against them for protesting their work conditions. These are the same workers who in December of 2018 protested against Amazon.
locations minneapolis
companies amazon
workers 3
tags retaliation
date 2019-05-01
sources slate.com , www.cnn.com , twitter.com
action protest
struggles working_conditions
description Google workers stage a sit-in on May Day, following allegations of retaliation from the company against employees who participated in walkouts last year. "Googlers from around the world gathered at 11am local time to sit together and show retaliation is #NotOkGoogle. The stories we've been collecting will be shared, demands will be read, and all will be in solidarity with those withstanding this chilling practice."
locations us
companies google
workers 1000
tags retaliation
date 2019-04-26
sources www.wired.com , www.bloomberg.com
action protest
struggles working_conditions
description Meredith Whittaker and Claire Stapleton held a town hall for Google workers to discuss the retaliation they have faced from management for engaging in organizing, and to share more than a dozen other stories of retaliation they have gathered. The meeting was held in New York but live-streamed to Google offices elsewhere. This action involved hundreds of workers.
locations new york
companies google
workers 200
tags retaliation
date 2019-04-22
sources www.bloomberg.com , www.buzzfeednews.com , gizmodo.com
action open_letter
struggles working_conditions
description Microsoft and GitHub workers have published an open letter of solidarity with the 996 movement on GitHub at https://github.com/MSWorkers/support.996.ICU, and have called on Microsoft to resist all pressure from the Chinese government to block or censor the 996 repo.
locations
companies microsoft, github
workers 450
tags china, internationalism
date 2019-04-17
sources www.theatlantic.com
action union_drive
struggles working_conditions, pay_and_benefits
description Instagram memers have had enough. They generate the engagement that helps keep Instagram growing—but, they argue, the multibillion-dollar platform doesn't pay them for their work, or give them any control. So they're fighting back. And before you write off IG Meme Union Local 69-420 as a joke, the organizers of the collective would like you to know that they are very serious.
locations online
companies instagram, facebook
date 2019-04-10
sources www.recode.net , www.vox.com
action open_letter
struggles ethics
description The company's corporate employees signed their names to a letter published on Wednesday that urged Jeff Bezos to create a comprehensive climate-change plan for the company.
locations online
companies amazon
workers 5000
tags climate_change
date 2019-04-04
sources www.wired.com
action protest
struggles discrimination
description A group of Microsoft employees appeared at an employee meeting with CEO Satya Nadella Thursday to protest the companies's treatment of women. It's not clear how many were part of the protest, but some female and male employees at the event wore all white, inspired by the congresswomen who wore suffragette white to the State of the Union in February.
locations seattle
companies microsoft
date 2019-04-02
sources www.theguardian.com
action open_letter
struggles working_conditions, pay_and_benefits
description More than 900 Google workers have signed a letter objecting to the tech giant's treatment of temporary contractors, in what organizers are calling a "historical coalition" between Google"s full-time employees (FTEs) and temps, vendors and contractors (TVCs).
locations online
companies google
workers 900
date 2019-04-01
sources www.theregister.co.uk
action union_drive
struggles working_conditions
description Recently fired NPM employees claim they were punished for trying to form a union. Four complaints have been filed with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging labor law violations by management.
locations oakland
companies npm
workers 3
tags
date 2019-04-01
sources www.theguardian.com , medium.com
action open_letter
struggles discrimination
description A group of Google employees have called for the removal of a rightwing thinktank leader from the companies's new artificial intelligence council, citing her anti-LGBT and anti-immigrant record. Academic, civil society, and industry supporters have also signed the petition in mass.
locations online
companies google
date 2019-03-28
sources github.com , radiichina.com , www.ft.com
action open_letter
struggles working_conditions
description A campaign against long working hours by professionals in China's technology sector has become one of the fastest growing Github repository in Github's history. The "anti-996" campaign opposes employees working shifts of 9am-9pm, six days a week, which are commonly required by the country's tech giants.
locations online
workers 241000
date 2019-03-26
sources medium.com
action open_letter
struggles ethics
description Researchers are calling on Amazon to stop selling facial recognition software to law enforcement. This letter follows similar calls by Amazon workers and civil rights organizations. "We call on Amazon to stop selling Rekognition to law enforcement as legislation and safeguards to prevent misuse are not in place."
locations online
companies amazon
workers 45
date 2019-03-25
sources www.vox.com
action strike
struggles pay_and_benefits
description Uber and Lyft drivers in Los Angeles are refusing to pick up customers today — part of a one-day strike to protest Uber's recent decision to slash pay rates for drivers in the area.
locations los angeles
companies uber, lyft
workers 100
date 2019-03-19
sources www.theverge.com
action union_drive
struggles working_conditions
description Employees at Brooklyn's crowdfunding giant Kickstarter are forming a labor union called Kickstarter United, which will aim to secure more rights for the companies's workers. If recognized by the companies, Kickstarter would become the first major tech companies in the US to have union representation.
locations brooklyn
companies kickstarter
date 2019-02-27
sources www.buzzfeednews.com
action protest
struggles ethics
description Ten Stanford students with a group called Students for the Liberation of All People (SLAP) protested a guest lecture by Salesforce executive Richard Socher. The students, who held signs — "Salesforcing families apart," "Richard are you getting rich from deportation?" and "Salesfart" — oppose the company’s contract with Customs and Borders Protection (CBP).
locations stanford
companies palantir, salesforce
workers 10
tags students
date 2019-02-22
sources slate.com , www.buzzfeednews.com
action open_letter
struggles ethics
description Microsoft employees circulated a letter among the companies' over 130,000-person staff demanding that executives cancel a $479 million contract with the US Army, IVAS, that will provide weapans technology to the U.S. Military to 'increase lethality' to amry soldiers. "We did not sign up to develop weapons, and we demand a say in how our work is used."
locations online
companies microsoft
workers 290
date 2019-02-18
sources clb.org.hk
action strike
struggles pay_and_benefits
description Food delivery workers in at least five cities across China have staged a series of strikes protesting arbitrary reductions in pay rates introduced after the Lunar New Year Holiday. Workers for both major food delivery platforms, Meituan and Ele.me, stopped taking orders starting in February.
locations linyi, dongguan, jinan, pinghu, qingdao
companies meituan, ele.me
date 2018-12-14
sources www.startribune.com
action protest
struggles working_conditions
description Amid chants of "Hear our voice," a group of about 100 Somali-American workers and their supporters marched to the entrance of Amazon"s Shakopee fulfillment center Friday evening to protestunfair working conditions.
locations minneapolis
companies amazon
workers 100
date 2018-11-27
sources medium.com , slate.com
action open_letter
struggles ethics
description Google employees have signed an open letter published Tuesday on Medium demanding that the companies cease work on Project Dragonfly, which is aimed at creating a search engine that the Chinese government would be able to control to censor certain results and surveil users. "International human rights organizations and investigative reporters have also sounded the alarm, emphasizing serious human rights concerns and repeatedly calling on Google to cancel the project," the letter reads in part. "So far, our leadership's response has been unsatisfactory."
locations online
companies google
workers 740
date 2018-11-23
sources www.buzzfeednews.com , www.change.org
action strike
struggles pay_and_benefits
description A group of Instacart delivery workers is waging an ongoing "soft strike" against the companies to demand better pay this Thanksgiving weekend for the third year in a row. The workers, who are independent contractors, say a recent change to the grocery delivery platform's pay structure was an effective pay cut that’s threatening their livelihoods. As a result, they’re refusing to deliver extra-heavy items, drive more than eight miles per order, or accept time-consuming, low-paying jobs. A group of delivery workers wrote a letter sent to Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta. The letter currently has more than 1,300 signatures on Change.org.
locations usa
companies instacart
date 2018-11-23
sources mashable.com , www.uniglobalunion.org , www.businessinsider.com
action strike
struggles working_conditions
description Thousands of Amazon staff members across Europe protest on Black Friday over the way the companies treats its warehouse workers.
locations germany, italy, spain, uk
companies amazon
workers 2400
date 2018-11-20
sources www.buzzfeednews.com
action legal_action
struggles pay_and_benefits, working_conditions
description Blue Apron employees have filed a class-action lawsuit against the companies, alleging that they weren't paid overtime, or for meal breaks, among other labor law violations. They are seeking back pay for missed wages and a trial by jury.
locations california
companies blue apron
workers 100
date 2018-11-01
sources www.nytimes.com , www.recode.net
action protest
struggles discrimination
description Google employees and contractors walked out of the companies's offices around the world, one week after the New York Times reported that Google had protected three executives accused of sexual misconduct.
locations worldwide
companies google
workers 20000
date 2018-10-12
sources medium.com
action open_letter
struggles ethics
description An open letter signed by "employees of Microsoft" asks the cloud giant to abstain from bidding on the military's massive JEDI cloud computing contract for ethical reasons involving the application of artificial intelligence.
locations online
companies microsoft
date 2018-10-09
sources www.theguardian.com , www.bbc.com
action strike
struggles pay_and_benefits, working_conditions
description "Hundreds" of drivers are expected to switch off their apps from 1pm, making themselves unavailable for work, union organisers said. Protests are also being held outside the ride-hailing app's offices in London, Nottingham and Birmingham.
locations london, nottingham, birmingham
companies uber
workers 100
tags uphd, iwgb
date 2018-10-04
sources www.bbc.com
action strike
struggles pay_and_benefits
description UberEats riders and a small number of workers from JD Wetherspoon, McDonald's and TGI Fridays have been staging walkouts in a pay dispute. Protests were being held in several UK cities, along with a rally in London.
locations uk
companies uber
workers 50
date 2018-08-23
sources teamster.org , www.sfchronicle.com
action protest
struggles pay_and_benefits
description Members of the union that represents the folks behind the wheels of corporate shuttles stood and sat in front of those buses in the Castro district, demanding a secure pension for high-tech shuttle drivers. About 40 Teamsters blocked tech buses in a surprise protest. The drivers were from WeDriveU and Loop/Hallcon and transport employees for high-tech companies including Apple, Tesla, Amazon, Twitter, LinkedIn, Salesforce, Electronic Arts, Lam and Facebook.
locations san francisco
workers 40
date 2018-07-31
sources www.buzzfeednews.com , www.paloaltoonline.com
action protest
struggles ethics
description Dozens of protesters gathered outside the data analysis companies Palantir in Palo Alto, California, on Tuesday to present Palantir's employees and CEO Alex Karp with a letter asking for an end to the companies' contracts with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
locations palo alto
companies palantir
workers 50
date 2018-07-10
sources www.reuters.com , www.buzzfeednews.com
action strike
struggles working_conditions
description Spanish labor unions have called on around 1,000 Amazon employees to walk out for three days next week in a dispute over what it says are efforts to reduce workers' rights.
locations madrid
companies amazon
workers 950
date 2018-06-25
sources www.bloomberg.com
action open_letter
struggles ethics
description Hundreds of Salesforce.com Inc. employees signed a letter to Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff criticizing the companies's contracts with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.
locations online
companies salesforce
workers 650
date 2018-06-21
sources thehill.com , www.businessinsider.com
action open_letter
struggles ethics
description Workers at Amazon are circulating an internal letter to CEO Jeff Bezos, asking him to stop selling the companies's Rekognition facial recognition software to law enforcement and to boot the data-mining firm Palantir from its cloud services.
locations online
companies amazon
workers 100
date 2018-06-19
sources www.nytimes.com , www.theverge.com
action open_letter
struggles ethics
description In an open letter posted to Microsoft's internal message board on Tuesday, hundreds of employees protested Microsoft's work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and demanding that the companies stop working with the agency.
locations online
companies microsoft
workers 300
date 2018-06-04
sources clb.org.hk
action strike
struggles pay_and_benefits
description There have been at least 15 strikes and protests by food delivery workers in China since 1 May as increased competition among delivery platforms has drastically reduced workers' take-home pay. Workers contracted to food delivery giant Meituan in the northern city of Taiyuan staged a work stoppage in protest at a wide range of issues including pay levels, delivery times, insurance and high accident rates.
locations taiyuan
companies meituan
date 2018-05-30
sources jacobinmag.com , www.nytimes.com , www.coworker.org
action open_letter
struggles discrimination
description Google employees have led a campaign demanding that the companies terminate its contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven, a program that uses machine learning to improve targeting for drone strikes. Nearly five thousand Google workers signed an internal petition to cancel the project, and dozens resigned.
locations online
companies google
workers 5000
date 2018-05-14
sources www.theinvestor.co.kr , www.koreatimes.co.kr
action strike
struggles pay_and_benefits, discrimination
description Workers of Oracle Korea have been sat outside the main office for more than 50 days after 19 negotiations with the management from December to April failed. This is now the longest strike by employees of a foreign IT companies in Korea. "Some people think we don't need a union because they believe we work at a leading global IT companies and have well-paid jobs," Kim Chul-soo, president of the Oracle labor union, said. "It's not true at all." Workers are suffering from a decline in real wages because there has been no increase in basic salary for the last 10 years, while half of the salary is based on incentives. Hiring scams similar to those at local banks, along with sexual harassment are also among the union’s accusations.
locations seoul
companies oracle
workers 100
tags sexual_harassment, hiring_scams
date 2018-05-14
sources www.theguardian.com , www.abc.net.au
action protest
struggles pay_and_benefits, working_conditions
description Food delivery riders have marched in Sydney to demand UberEats, Deliveroo and Foodora provide pay increases and better working conditions to the many contractors darting from door to door around Australian cities. Dozens of protesters voiced their concerns in Surry Hills about the lack of regulation surrounding rider pay, safety protections and benefits like sick pay and superannuation.
locations sydney
companies deliveroo, foodora, uber
workers 24
date 2018-04-02
sources en.yna.co.kr
action union_representation
struggles working_conditions
description Naver Corp., South Korea's dominant Internet portal and search engine, said that it has established the company's first labor union. After receiving official approval, the union started receiving membership applications from potential members, Naver's union said. More than 300 people joined within two hours.
locations seoul
companies naver
workers 300
date 2018-03-21
sources www.reuters.com
action strike
struggles pay_and_benefits
description Over one thousand Amazon workers in Spain plan to stage their first strike with a two-day walkout to protest what unions claim are efforts to reduce employees' rights. The union claimed the companies aims to block salary increases, cut wages and reduce payments for those working weekends or holidays as part of a new contract agreement.
locations madrid
companies amazon
workers 1100
date 2018-02-18
sources medium.com
action open_letter
struggles pay_and_benefits
description After raising a round of $400 million, tech workers protest Doordash using workers' tip money to subsidize base pay. "Silicon Valley investors clearly don't care that DoorDash cheats drivers — in fact, DoorDash is likely being rewarded for adopting practices that improve their profit margins and treats drivers unfairly. However, investors do care that their startups can hire the best tech talent to help them execute on their mission."
locations madrid
companies doordash
workers 320
date 2018-01-16
sources www.jacobinmag.com , www.bloomberg.com
action union_drive
struggles working_conditions, unfair_labor_practices
description After fighting for better working conditions, tech workers at Lanetix sent a letter to management outlining workplace grievances and announcing their intention to unionize with NewsGuild-CWA. They also filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
locations san francisco, virginia
companies lanetix
workers 15
date 2017-12-13
sources unitehere.org
action union_representation
struggles pay_and_benefits, working_conditions
description 118 food service workers at Yahoo won union representation at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA. The food service workers, who are employed by Yahoo's contractor, Bon Appetit, are calling for respect and dignity, affordable health care, and increased wages to compete with increasing rents in the Bay Area.
locations sunnyvale
companies yahoo
workers 118
date 2017-07-24
sources unitehere.org
action union_representation
struggles pay_and_benefits
description Over 500 food service workers at Facebook won union representation at the tech giant's campus in Menlo Park, CA. The workers, who are employed by contractor Flagship Facility Services, are calling for increased wages to compete with skyrocketing rents and more affordable health benefits.
locations menlo park
companies facebook
workers 500
date 2017-03-22
sources www.siliconvalley.com , money.cnn.com
action strike
struggles working_conditions, job_security
description About 17,000 AT&T workers walked off the job Wednesday. Workers say that AT&T was forcing technicians to work outside their areas of expertise. The union also was protesting the companies's outsourcing and offshoring of jobs. AT&T wireless workers were not affected.
locations california, nevada
companies at&t
workers 17000
date 2017-03-14
sources www.aljazeera.com , www.cnet.com
action protest
struggles ethics
description Hundreds of protesters have attended a demonstration held by Silicon Valley workers against what participants call the discriminatory policymaking of US President Donald Trump and his administration.
locations palo alto
workers 100
tags non_tech_centric
date 2017-01-30
sources www.bizjournals.com
action union_representation
struggles pay_and_benefits
description In what union officials described as Silicon Valley's largest private sector organizing effort, 3,000 private security guards on high tech campuses like Facebook, Cisco and Genentech have won recognition as members of Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West (SEIU-USWW).
locations san jose
workers 3000
tags seiu
date 2017-01-18
sources techcrunch.com
action protest
struggles ethics
description 50 people in the tech community came out in the pouring rain to demand the data mining startup take a firm stand against the makings of a Muslim registry.
locations palo alto
companies palantir
workers 50
date 2016-12-13
sources neveragain.tech , en.wikipedia.org
action open_letter
struggles ethics
description Online petition by information technology workers to work against a United States government database identifying people by race, religion, or national origin, specifically in response to the Trump presidential campaign statements about creating a Muslim registry and deporting millions of illegal immigrants.
locations online
workers 2843
date 2016-10-14
sources www.buzzfeednews.com
action protest
struggles pay_and_benefits
description Workers threatened to boycott Instacart after it announced plans to replace their tips with an optional 10% service fee. Two days ahead of the planned boycott, Instacart said tips will stay.
locations usa
companies instacart
date 2016-03-31
sources www.bizjournals.com
action strike
struggles pay_and_benefits, working_conditions
description Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West janitors' San Jose rally targets Adobe. Hundreds of SEIU-USWW members congregated on Cesar Chavez Day to draw attention to ongoing contract negotiations with cleaning service contractors and protest abuse of workers in the janitorial industry.
locations san jose
companies adobe
workers 100
tags seiu
date 2015-06-18
sources www.buzzfeednews.com
action protest
struggles pay_and_benefits
description Janitors of WeWork protest at their companies's Manhattan headquarters at 222 Broadway. In that same building, other renters and owners hire cleaning contractors at the standard city-wide rate, while WeWork pays an average of $11 an hour.
locations manhattan
companies wework
tags seiu
date 2015-02-26
sources abc7news.com
action protest
struggles working_conditions
description Union supporters of drivers who shuttle around Apple employees, were protesting outside the tech giant's Cupertino headquarters on Wednesday morning, ahead of their big vote Friday on whether to join the Teamsters Union. The teamsters trucked into Cupertino to protest working conditions for 120 full and part-time shuttle and bus drivers who work at Apple and other Silicon Valley companies, like Yahoo, eBay and Genentech
locations cupertino
companies apple, compass transportation
workers 50
tags teamster
date 2014-11-19
sources bits.blogs.nytimes.com
action union_representation
struggles pay_and_benefits, working_conditions
description The shuttle bus drivers who ferry Facebook employees to and from work voted on Wednesday to unionize, 43 to 28. The drivers, who are employees of Loop Transportation, a contractor for Facebook, voted to join Teamsters Local 853, with several of them saying their main concerns were inadequate pay and a stressful split shift schedule.
locations menlo park
companies facebook, loop transportation
tags teamster
date 2014-09-19
sources thinkprogress.org
action protest
struggles pay_and_benefits
description In front of Apple stores nationwide, tech companies employees gathered to protest alongside hundreds of eager customers waiting in line to buy the iPhone 6. The protesters weren't disgruntled Apple engineers or developers; they were security officers, maintenance and custodial staff demanding better wages from tech companies.
locations usa
tags seiu
date 2014-09-01
sources www.bloomberg.com
action union_representation
struggles unfair_labor_practices, job_security
description A group of temporary workers at Microsoft has signed its first union contract with their employer, a rare feat in a technology industry typically unfriendly to organized labor. 38 bug testers who review Microsoft apps voted to create a union, the Temporary Workers of America. They work full time in Microsoft's offices but are employed by cloud services contractor LionBridge.
companies microsoft, lionbridge
workers 38
tags temporary_workers_of_america
date 2014-03-03
sources www.reuters.com
action strike
struggles pay_and_benefits
description More than 1,000 IBM factory workers walked off the job at the factory in Shenzhen, bordering Hong Kong, after managers on announced the terms of their transfer to new ownership under Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd.
locations shenzhen
companies ibm, lenovo
workers 1000
date 2013-11-19
sources www.windowscentral.com
action strike
struggles pay_and_benefits
description Hundreds of workers at a Chinese Nokia factory located in Dongguan, Guangdong Province have on strike. As shown in the above photo, they're holding up a large banner in protest, which reads "Workers are not simple merchandise, assets or slaves. Please do not sell us. We have DIGNITY and RIGHTS!"
locations dongguan
companies microsoft, nokia
workers 100
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