The Digital Working Class

from the digital-factory-floor dept

Whenever there's talk about how new technologies are costing jobs, people tend to ignore how those technologies often create new and different jobs as well. Business Week is examining the rise of the digital working class. These are the people who are helping to put all of that information online. Obviously, a good portion of those jobs are offshore, but it appears plenty are local as well. It's a reminder that not all online jobs are really "tech" jobs. While we still don't think unions make sense for tech workers, it does seem like these types of "rote" work jobs may be much more inclined to look to unionize. In fact, towards the end of the article, one of the workers talks about how she had to quit her job because of the "factory-type atmosphere" with a boss who would yell at her to type faster. It's not hard to see large groups of these types of workers eventually deciding to organize.
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    Sarojin, 17 May 2006 @ 9:48pm

    Re: Solidarnosc

    Seems like it more that "tech" workers don't see themselved as exploited labor, but rather more closely aligned with management. Tech careers can also be very comfortable financially, leaving no motivation to pusure organizing.

    One of the bigger and older companies is also very anti-union (my opinion, contrary to the official company line) and prohibits any sort of solicitation on company property (as in one is not allowed to bring in candy from a child's school event or brochures for a spouses small business) only because they would then have to let, gasp, Unions distribute information or post flyers on the cork board in the lunch room.

    Not mentioning the name as they are also lawsuit loopy (though serial numbers on Jewish arms is a clue).

    So any attempt to unionize would immediately result in hostile action leading to firing. If one doesn't feel terribly victimized, lives in a nice house, drives a nice car, and has some spending money left over, what's he need a union for?

    Probably figure that one out too late to matter...

    Times are changing though. People are getting fed up with the stagnant wages and outsourcing of jobs overseas. It will be interesting to see if that will only actually create enough fear to prevent speaking up and organizing.

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