Tech firms face unionization push, as Amazon and Apple workers organize

The recent efforts by workers at Apple and Amazon to undertake high-profile attempts to organize represent something of a departure from the norm for a sector that’s long been averse to worker unions.

“The tech industry has, by and large, resisted unionization since its beginning,” said Thomas A. Kochan, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and faculty member of the MIT Institute for Work and Employment Research. “Apple, Google, Facebook, IBM; pick a large-scale computer company, they’re all non-union,” he said.

He described the recent pressure from workers to unionize as “unprecedented.”

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