Posts Tagged ‘Silicon Valley’

Aug
2015
5

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech

Silicon Valley Rising: More Drivers Unionize with Teamsters to Transport Big Tech
  Over the weekend, bus drivers at Compass Transportation entered the Teamsters union hall in San Leandro, California and voted 75 to 0 to approve a three-year contract. It includes solid raises as well as improved schedules and benefits.   The drivers joined Teamsters Local 853 in February and began negotiating the influential deal.  Their…
May
2015
29

Silicon Valley Ordinance Would Encourage Local Hiring, Apprenticeship Training for Private Projects

Silicon Valley Ordinance Would Encourage Local Hiring, Apprenticeship Training for Private Projects
  Despite private construction picking up in the South Bay, many local construction workers are being left out the equation.  In response, a labor-backed effort to voluntarily use local labor and apprentices is gaining steam in Sunnyvale, California.  An ordinance, which would be the first of its kind in the region, could change the shape…
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Mar
2015
3

Silicon Valley Shuttle Drivers at Five More Companies Vote to Join Teamsters

Silicon Valley Shuttle Drivers at Five More Companies Vote to Join Teamsters
  On Friday, shuttle drivers for five major Silicon Valley tech firms…
Jan
2015
14

Going Viral: Drivers at 6 More Silicon Valley Companies Have Signed Union Authorization Cards

Going Viral: Drivers at 6 More Silicon Valley Companies Have Signed Union Authorization Cards
  In November, when drivers contracted to transport Facebook workers voted to unionize, the hope among labor activists was a “domino effect” would ensue, and that more drivers would be called to collective action.  It’s unclear, however, that anyone expected that day to come so soon. According to USA Today, the move to unionize…
Nov
2014
21

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect

Union Bussing: Facebook Drivers to Organize; Silicon Valley Workers Await Domino Effect
  Drivers who shuttle Facebook employees from the Bay Area to company headquarters in Menlo Park voted to join the Teamsters union on Wednesday.  The drivers, whose primary concern was scheduling which forced a six-hour break midday, are employees of Loop Transportation. They voted by a 43-28 margin to join the Teamsters Local 853.  …
Oct
2014
27

Tech Co. Found Paying Indian Workers Lowest Wage DOL Has Ever Seen, Gets Measly $3500 Fine

  A California tech company has been fined and ordered to pay back wages after an investigation by the Department of Labor (DOL) showed Indian workers had been paid a despicable $1.21 an hour for 120-hour work weeks.  The company hired Indian workers to assist with Information Technology (IT) services and paid them their regular [&hellip…;
Aug
2014
12

Judge Rejects Wide-Reaching Tech Industry Wage Suppression Settlement ‘Cause It’s Not Big Enough

Judge Rejects Wide-Reaching Tech Industry Wage Suppression Settlement 'Cause It's Not Big Enough
  The Silicon Valley wage theft anti-trust lawsuit known as “Techtopus” will not be allowed to end with a whimper (or that sound the fax machine used to make). The judge overseeing the trial has struck down a $324 million settlement on the grounds that…wait for it…it’s not enough.   U.S. District Judge Lucy Koch [&hellip…;
Jul
2013
29

GroupThink, Not Facts, Responsible for Tech Industry Labor Shortage Myth

GroupThink, Not Facts, Responsible for Tech Industry Labor Shortage Myth
  The current Immigration Bill before the Senate would nearly double the number of H-1B visas that American companies could use to bring in temporary foreign workers in industries experiencing a “skills shortage.”  However, new research shows that the shortage of qualified applicants is a myth and that foreign workers are not necessary…