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SXSW 2020

Organize for Power in Your Workplace

When workers organize, they can drive social change in their workplace and beyond. In 2018 workers at Google organized and staged the Google Walkout For Real Change, winning major concessions from management and representation on the board. Tech workers are also leading the outcry against companies like Salesforce, Amazon and Wayfair doing business with police and ICE. YOU can build worker power at your workplace too. This workshop will introduce strategies for worker organizing, what rights and responsibilities you have as tech workers, and how to run a successful campaign within your company and beyond.

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Takeaways

  1. Organized tech workers have greater power to force social and environmental change in technology than advocates or activists
  2. Tech workers will learn how to organize a winning campaign through petition strategies, collective action, and working with the media
  3. Building solidarity with workers in your organization and in your community is challenging, but ultimately a powerful means to achieve radical change

Speakers

  • Marley Pulido, Director of Worker Resources and Training, coworker.org
  • Antonio Aguilera, Director, Worker Resources and Training, coworker.org

Organizer

Elias Ponvert, Data Scientist, Tech Workers Coalition, Austin Local

Meta Information:

  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Meet Up
  • Track: Climate & Social Action
  • Level: Beginner
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