Protecting our livelihoods with a voice on the job
CODE-CWA Newsletter: February 2, 2024
Layoffs at Microsoft
Microsoft has announced that it will be laying off 1,900 video game workers. This announcement makes clear that, even when you work at a successful company in an extremely profitable industry, your livelihood is not protected without a voice on the job.
While CWA-represented members at Zenimax, Raven, and Blizzard Albany will not be impacted by these cuts, we are heartbroken that the lives of so many dedicated and talented video game workers will be disrupted.
Every video game worker deserves not only their fair share, but also the peace of mind that comes from having a say over the impact of job cuts.
Through organizing, workers have established basic workplace practices that are now common—from the eight-hour work day to the five-day workweek. By coming together and exercising their right to organize, workers in the video game industry can make layoff protections standard practice for all workers. This is the power of organizing.
We will continue to support workers at Microsoft and across the video game industry who want to have a union voice on the job.
Trader Joe’s is joining Elon Musk’s SpaceX in arguing that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is prosecuting cases against both companies, is unconstitutional. The NLRB is the federal agency that protects the rights of private sector employees to join together to improve their wages and working conditions.
January 29, 1889 – Six thousand railway workers strike for a union and the end of the 18-hour day.
January 29, 2009 – The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is signed into law by President Obama. The Fair Pay Act stipulates that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit regarding pay discrimination resets with each new paycheck affected by that discriminatory action.
January 31, 1978 – After scoring successes with representation elections conducted under the protective oversight of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, the United Farm Workers of America officially ends its historic table grape, lettuce, and wine boycotts.
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