Posted on October 9, 2020 by iwano@_84
The National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint this week against HCL America that accuses the Google contractor of violating its employees’ labor rights through a bevy of union-busting tactics. The complaint alleges that the company, a subsidiary of the India-based contracting titan HCL Technologies, illegally pressured its Pittsburgh workforce not to unionize and retaliated against their efforts by partially shifting their jobs overseas.
Last fall, a group of roughly 80 Google contractors became among the first in the company’s history to unionize after voting to become affiliated with North America’s largest industrial union, United Steelworkers. Following the vote, the labor board alleges that HCL began siphoning off the team’s responsibilities, which included data analysis and machine learning training under a contract with Google, to its employees in Poland.
“Most egregiously, HCL has been eroding its Pittsburgh workforce by brazenly moving work
Posted on October 8, 2020 by iwano@_84
A federal agency issued a complaint this week against a contractor hired by Google and accused it of violating its employees’ labor rights, marking the latest flash point in a long-running struggle between workers and technology companies.
In the complaint, the National Labor Relations Board asserts that HCL America, a subsidiary of an Indian contracting giant, illegally discouraged workers from belonging to a union, and of failing to bargain with the union in good faith.
HCL and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The case does not accuse Google of wrongdoing.
A group of about 90 HCL employees in Pittsburgh who do work such as data analysis under a contract the company has with Google voted to unionize last fall. They affiliated with the United Steelworkers union.
According to the complaint, managers at the company interrogated workers about the organizing activities of their colleagues, told them that
Posted on October 2, 2020 by iwano@_84
President Trump in his first tweet following Tuesday’s first presidential debate accused moderator Chris Wallace of siding with his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.
The wordless tweet simply features an image of Trump on the left opposed by Wallace and Biden together on the right, in the style of an old arcade game’s character-select screen — down to the abbreviation “VS” in the font of the “Street Fighter” series.
Throughout the chaotic first debate at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Fox News host Wallace repeatedly chastised both candidates — but particularly Trump — for interrupting him and each other.
Each candidate was guilty many times over of cutting off his opponent mid-sentence, including during what were supposed to be the two uninterrupted minutes to which they were entitled at the start of a new segment.
“You’re debating him [Biden], not me,” Wallace cracked