The San Francisco Chronicle reports
A San Francisco technology company laid off a group of software engineers as they were trying to join a labor union, according to a complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board.
The Communications Workers of America [CWA] claims Lanetix, which makes cloud-based software for transportation and logistics companies, violated federal labor laws by cutting 14 software engineers in January in San Francisco and Arlington, Va.
Most of the engineers were fired [January 26], about 10 days after they filed a petition seeking union representation, according to the complaint filed by the CWA's Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild. A hearing to determine a date to hold the union vote was scheduled for [February 1].
[...] While unions have made inroads in representing Silicon Valley bus drivers, security officers, food service workers, and custodians, the Lanetix case could break new ground because union activity is still unusual for software engineers, who are generally highly paid and in short supply, labor lawyers said.
[...] there are [reasons other than gripes about pay, whereby] unions can attract higher-paid tech workers, including "if you feel mistreated by the company or if you feel there's favoritism going on or lack of job security", said labor law attorney Steve Hirschfeld, founding partner of Hirschfeld Kraemer of San Francisco.
"There's a myth that if you're a highly paid employee, you either can't join a union or wouldn't be interested", Hirschfeld said.
The Lanetix case is "significant because it is a tech company and they're well-paid engineers", he said. "That's still a rarity today for that group of employees to be organized. (But) the feeling among many tech workers is that they're viewed as being expendable."
[...] The Lanetix engineers signed union cards to join the CWA's Washington-Baltimore News Guild. (The Pacific Media Workers Guild, which represents some San Francisco Chronicle employees, is also affiliated with the CWA.) According to the complaint filed with the board, the union said Lanetix began "threatening and coercing employees" for engaging in union activities starting in November. The complaint said one engineer was fired for participating in group discussions on Slack, an internal messaging service.
The union filed a petition with the board on Jan. 16 to represent the workers. The company terminated "all engineers and senior engineers in retaliation for demanding recognition", the complaint said.
The engineers were called into a meeting and told of layoffs due to the company's lackluster fourth quarter performance, CWA organizer Melinda Fiedler told Bloomberg Law.
"By the time they left that meeting, their computers were gone", Fiedler said.
Cet Parks, executive director of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, said the workers were told the company was moving engineering offices to Europe.
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(Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 12 2018, @09:49AM (2 children)
Bad bad bad to not trust companies in full citizen.
All companies are benevolent benefactors.
All government programs vile steal your money boondoggles.
All unions support vile evil steal you money boondoggles that government creates.
Now you have the memo. Please remember pee breaks during clock in are allowed every 9 hours.
(Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 12 2018, @10:30AM (1 child)
It would be useful if those making these claims would link to a map which identifies the location of the utopia where this is true.
All unions support vile evil
Unions attempt to protect *jobs*.
If we're gonna stick with Capitalism, that's about the best to expect.
(Don't count on buggy whip makers to be happy in the end.)
The (Socialist) Mondragon worker-owned cooperative attempts to protect **The Worker**.
With housing starts being down, their appliance division was getting fewer orders as well.
They shifted worker-owners around a bit, everyone worked just a bit less each week, and everyone still got enough income to continue their lives without major disruption.
A Capitalist operation would, of course, have laid off workers.
-- OriginalOwner_ [soylentnews.org]
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 12 2018, @06:18PM
... and they cheerfully exploit the hell out of non-owner workers.
... and their actual long-term success isn't really all that remarkable, taken by sector.
... but at least they have cool hats!