I am slack-jawed. Wired has run a piece on unionizing the tech industry.Â I can see it now…Â Â
- mandated coffee breaks, lunches, and time and half at ship time.
- grievances over the size of your stock option award.
- the water cooler conversations… “Hey,Â Jimmy’s fixin’ too many bugs.Â He’s makin’ us all look bad.Â Â Who wants to have a chat with him?”
Who would realistically want this?Â Â Tech isÂ the most vibrant, creative, inventiveÂ and fast moving sector of the economy, full of type-A personalities, and people (each and every one of them) who view what they’re doing as the next “moon shot”.Â Furthermore, it’s a mobile and fluid workforce.Â Why would you ever consider saddling this workforce with the baggage of a union?
Are unions even relevant anymore?Â The things they fought for are now mostly part of employment standards legislation. What do they stand for today?