IT Workers of the World Unite...Or Not.

May 17, 2006
Efforts to unionize IT workers have, to date, pretty much fallen flat. Despite the growth in perceived job threats like offshore outsourcing, automation, and H-1B visa workers, tech pros aren't rushing out to get union cards. Some fear that unionizing IT will result in even more jobs going offshore as companies look for ways to circumvent collective bargaining. One trade union thinks it has an answer for that. Britain's Trade Union Congress--the country's umbrella labor group--wants to exten...
Efforts to unionize IT workers have, to date, pretty much fallen flat. Despite the growth in perceived job threats like offshore outsourcing, automation, and H-1B visa workers, tech pros aren't rushing out to get union cards. Some fear that unionizing IT will result in even more jobs going offshore as companies look for ways to circumvent collective bargaining. One trade union thinks it has an answer for that. Britain's Trade Union Congress--the country's umbrella labor group--wants to extend its reach to IT and call center workers in India. Its thinking: If business is going global, then unions also have to become multinational if they're to remain relevant and have a place in a Friedmanesque "flat world." Read the rest of the article at: Tech Workers of the World Unite...Or Not by Paul McDougall

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