Today is the first of May, International Workers’ Day.When?
On May 1, 1886 thousands of workers in Chicago struck and protested about having an eight hour workday. They were joined by tens and hundreds of thousands of workers across the United States.Why?
Employers in the US are at-will in every state. We cannot count on our employers for stability.
Employers use NDAs to harm workers and silence them about working conditions. Depending on which sources you use, you can see a conservative rate of one in ten workers censored in this fashion.
Employers use non-disparagement agreements to further punish workers and prevent them sharing problems. This is a common clause gating what little severance employers might offer.
Employers support remote work in order to cut costs and reduce their responsibility to full-time employees. Working in pajamas is great, but never mistake for a second why it’s being allowed.
These are but a few examples of things to remember on this day of solidarity. Don’t listen to the people discounting our issues because of our pay. Don’t listen to the people discounting our issues because “software is eating the world”. Don’t listen to the people setting you against your brothers and sisters to help cut costs.
And if you do think that being a developer in a booming sector means that you have some sort of protection, just remember:
The Chicago strikers were skilled workers too.