CWA Members at Glitch Secure First-Ever Contract for Tech Workers
Workers at Glitch, the software company behind Stack Overflow and other project management tools, have signed a first-of-its-kind collective bargaining agreement for tech workers. Glitch employees joined CWA Local 1101 in March of 2020 and quickly received voluntary recognition from the company. The new contract focuses on working conditions, grievance process, just cause, severance pay, and right to recall for workers laid off as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Glitch workers are part of the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE-CWA) initiative.
"This is an absolutely historic win for us," said Katie Lundsgaard, a software engineer at Glitch. "We love our jobs, we love working at Glitch, which is why we wanted to ensure we have a lasting voice at this company and lasting protections. This contract does that, and I hope tech workers across the industry can see that unions and start-ups are not incompatible."
"We're excited that Glitch workers have signed their first-ever contract, a milestone in this industry," CWA Local 1101 President Keith Purce said. "CWA has decades of experience helping workers improve conditions at some of this country's largest, most powerful corporations. We know we're stronger when we fight together, and we hope this victory inspires other tech workers to organize their workplaces."
Members of CWA Local 6372 in Kansas and Missouri are fighting for job security at Lumen, formerly known as CenturyLink, which is attempting to make changes to contractual language in order to allow the company to lay off union members and keep contractors. Approximately 100 CWA members have been working without a contract since February 10th of this year. Bargaining began on January 18th and a contract extension has lapsed. The workers are mobilizing to bring attention to the issues at Lumen.