WashTech/CWA was formed in 1998 by Microsoft contract employees in Redmond, Washington and quickly affiliated with the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA).
By working with the CWA and taking the lead on issues that affect our fellow high-tech workers, our voices are being heard-in the press, in the boardrooms, and in Congress. High-tech workers from Silicon Valley to Boston are joining together to work to keep the jobs for which many of us were educated and trained. Now it is time for you to join our movement.
WashTech/CWA is an innovative and influential union whose members advocate for all technology workers in Washington State and beyond.
We are a visionary community of activists and a leading voice for our members in the global economy.
We help build economic security and fair working conditions through collective action, bargaining and legislative advocacy.
Offshore Outsourcing: Offshore outsourcing has become our top priority, and our efforts are paying off. The Seattle Times has called WashTech, "the technology union leading the national fight against offshoring." From tech workers around the country we raised enough money to take an ad out in the New York Times, highlighting the offshore outsourcing issue and demanding Congress take action. Legislation: We are fighting for legislation that protects workers at both the federal and state levels.
At the federal level:
We are fighting for reforms in the H-1b and L-1 visa issues.
- We are asking that Trade Act Adjustment Assistance be extended to service sector employees.
- We are also helping get legislation introduced that would demand transparency from corporations that are exporting jobs by providing workers with notification of the shift.
- We convinced Congress to ask the GAO to study the trend of offshore outsourcing and its impact on the high-tech economy.
At the State Level:
- We helped elect one our members, Zack Hudgins, to the Washington State legislature.
- The number of states introducing legislation to limit offshore outsourcing has grown from just a few to more than 30 with our efforts. The bills range from Customer Right to Know to limiting state public contracts for information services from going overseas.
- We have also introduced legislation that protects over-time to full disclosure of agency bill rates for contract employees.
Collective Bargaining Rights
We have signed our first collectivebargaining contract with a company in 2003. Since then, we have negotiated and signed three more and are in the process of signing even more.
- Join WashTech
Our strength is in our numbers. As isolated individuals working in scattered workplaces, we are powerless. Together, we have a voice.
- Organize Your Workplace
WashTech supports organizing at high-tech workplaces throughout Puget Sound. Contact us at (206) 726-8580 or e-mail us at to learn more about establishing a WashTech chapter at your company.
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