The news: About 80% of New York Times tech workers voted to certify union representation, making it the biggest tech union in the country with collective bargaining rights, per The New York Times.
The Times Tech Guild is certified with the National Labor Relations Board, per Reuters, and represents about 600 software engineers, product managers, designers, data analysts, and other workers.
The bigger picture: Although the overall share of union membership in the US has fallen in the past several decades, the labor movement is gaining steam in the tech industry with workers at companies like Apple, Amazon, and Tesla seeking membership, and workers at Google, Raven Software, and Activision Blizzard unionizing.
What this means: The fact that the largest tech-worker union is made up of workers not employed by Big Tech signals that tech employees are standing in solidarity even when they’re a minority in their workplace.
How we got here: Overarching economic trends like the Great Resignation, soaring inflation, stagnant wages, and heightened awareness about pay inequity and discrimination in workplaces is fueling a resurgence of interest in union membership.
Analyst Take: “Driven by stagnating wages and soaring inflation, and feeling empowered by a tight labor market, workers are organizing to push their employers to boost pay, expand benefits, and improve working conditions,” says Zak Stambor, Retail and Ecommerce senior analyst at Insider Intelligence. “Pressure is mounting on employers to ensure that they’re providing benefits and working environments that meet employee expectations.”