Standing In Support of Workers

Last weekend we wrote about why we should be concerned about subcontracted service workers in tech. These workers are our janitors, cafeteria workers, hotel workers, security guards, and bus drivers. We depend on them, but by and large they are underpaid, receive few benefits, and continue to go unrecognized. We think tech can do better. You can help make that happen.

Join Us in Santa Clara

Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2:30pm in Santa Clara we will be joining with Unite Here! and several allied organizations to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters — our coworkers — in the service industry. The Tech Workers Coalition is gathering just before the event so we can participate together. Find out more and contact us through either of our Facebook or Meetup events.

Share Your Support for Workers

If you are not able to join us tomorrow (we know, it’s during the workday), here’s another way you can stand in support of contracted service workers.

Tomorrow, use your favorite social platform to express your support for the cafeteria workers fighting for justice at Intel. Including a photo can make your message more powerful.

It’s simple. Here’s how you can do it.

  1. Find a 8.5x11” piece of paper, grab a Sharpie, and write I am a tech worker, and I stand with cafeteria workers #TechCanDoBetter
  2. Take a photo of yourself with this sign, and share it out in a post over your favorite social platform. We suggest the following text for the post: All of our coworkers deserve justice and respect on the job #TechCanDoBetter #intel

Of course you are welcome to use your own words.

It may not seem like much, but your voice carries more weight than you might think. We need to let service workers know that they are not alone. We need to let tech companies and contracting companies know that tech workers stand with service workers. When we are together, then we can make a difference.

Matt Schaefer
Tech Workers Coalition

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