Like Clockwork: Question Raised About Techies Unionizing
from the yeah,-it's-not-gonna-happen dept
Pretty much every two years or so, the press suddenly starts asking if techies should unionize. We first saw such articles around 2000, then again in 2002. We must have missed the 2004 one, but there was yet another in 2006. And, now that it’s 2008, we’ve got another one, asking if techies should unionize.
It’s all a bit silly. The reason for organizing labor is because the employers have unchecked power to set working conditions and wages — meaning that there’s not enough bargaining power by the employees as individuals. However, that’s hardly the case in the tech industry, where there’s tons of competition, and good tech employees have many options for where to work and under what conditions. It seems like all of the stories about unionizing seem to be planted by unions themselves looking to boost ranks, but without offering any serious reason why tech workers should even think about organizing.