Feb 19, 2020 - Technology

Kickstarter workers vote to unionize

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Employees at Kickstarter voted Tuesday to unionize, signaling a small but notable shift in an industry that has historically eschewed collective bargaining.

Why it matters: Workers who are taking a more activist stance are seeing unions as one way to have a greater voice at their companies.

The big picture: Unions remain few and far between in large tech companies, but that's beginning to change.

  • A group of Instacart workers in the Chicago area voted to unionize earlier this month.
  • A number of new media companies have seen union pushes, including Vox Media and BuzzFeed News.

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Vox Media and Google launch "Concert Local" ad network

Illustration: Vox Media

Vox Media, the parent company to brands like The Verge, SB Nation, GrubStreet and more, is partnering with Google to create a local advertising network called "Concert Local."

By the numbers: While neither party would confirm the amount, it's understood that the investment is over $1 million.

Not all tech employees can work from home

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The remote work plan many companies are launching in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus doesn't work for everyone — even in the tech industry, and even for people whose jobs involve sitting in front of a screen all day.

Why it matters: While remote work can be an important tool for helping slow the spread of the disease, it's not a panacea.

Tech giants promise to pay hourly workers while employees telecommute

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Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter all told Axios on Thursday night that they plan to pay their hourly workers regular wages even as they encourage many of their staff to work from home, reducing their on-site support staffing needs.

Why it matters: While many tech employees can do their jobs remotely, large companies also have support staff that do everything from cooking their meals to driving shuttles and cleaning the office. Those workers can't do their jobs remotely, and it was not initially clear how the coronavirus response would affect them.

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