Video Game and Tech Workers Unionization Campaign

A story on the Los Angeles Times outlines an effort by the Communications Workers of America to unionize employees of video game and tech companies. This involves what's called the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE, get it?). This arises from a grassroots effort from a couple of years ago called Game Workers Unite rather than the pitch last year from the AFL-CIO. The article also reports a separate new formal relationship between the Toronto chapter of Game Workers Unite with the Communications Workers of America. The story details some of the issues facing the game industry, including crunch, production schedule-related layoffs, and forced arbitration of sexual harassment and workplace discrimination claims. Here's a bit more quoting both CWA lead organizer Tom Smith and Game Workers Unite co-founder Emma Kinema:
The new project charts a path away from organizing video game workers along the Hollywood craft union model. SAG-AFTRA has represented video game voice actors for years, and called a strike in 2017 over pay and royalty structures. But CWA largely follows the industrial union model, which organizes entire companies at once rather than splitting workers who perform different jobs into specialized unions.

Smith, for his part, said that CWA could accommodate craft-based organizing if that’s what video game or tech workers want, emphasizing that the workers will ultimately decide how to organize. But Kinema saw the decision to join CWA in starker terms.

“We believe workers are strongest when they’re together in one shop in one union, so the disciplines can’t be pitted against each other—none of that’s good for the workers,” Kinema said. “I think in games and tech the wall-to-wall industrial model is the best fit.”
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I'll take unions seriously when they aren't run by people who support a political party that has helped move their jobs overseas. Both polticial parties in the USA sold out the workers/people with things like NAFTA and all the free trade nonsense.

I'll also not laugh in their faces when they talk about the right to unionize or the freedom to assemble guaranteed by the first amendment when you don't have state laws requiring someone join a union for a job and that the union dues get auto deducted from paychecks. Yeah, I'm sure that kid bagging groceries really needs a union run by a bunch of goons 500+ miles away to look out for his best interests. I'm totally sure those school teachers who don't agree with union politics are best served by that union on wages.

You get contractors for jobs that shouldn't need them when you have an endless litany of workers rights laws that mean you have to cater to every weirdo or wacko out there because if you straight up fire them for incompetence or worse, you'll end up with a lawsuit costing even more money. Its just more offshoring to avoid dealing with the paperwork and lawsuit nonsense.

PS

Ross Perot was right about that giant sucking sound. But unions will like totally save us! They care about the workers! Like how the government cares, as in they don't.
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