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SXSW 2020

Tech Workers of the World, Unite!

Organized tech workers hold enormous power to drive social change within their companies, in the industry, and beyond. More than being organized by nonprofits and unions, tech workers are organizing themselves and meeting through the Tech Workers Coalition – an international, worker-led, all-volunteer, and unincorporated network of tech workers. This panel offers vision and strategies from real efforts. #TechWontBuildIt emerged to stop contracts with ICE and CBP at Wayfair, Salesforce, and elsewhere. Union drives are taking root among Facebook cafeteria workers, Amazon warehouse workers, and Kickstarter developers. Over 20,000 workers joined #GoogleWalkout, an ongoing protest against sexual harassment and forced arbitration. Tech workers of the world, unite!

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  1. What workplace issues are tech workers most concerned with today?
  2. How can these issues be addressed collectively and directly by workers?
  3. How do I get started organizing my coworkers and other tech workers my city/area?



Colombene Gorton, Design, Strategy, Operations, Independent Consultant

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