Glitch’s First-Ever Union Contract Marks Tech Industry Milestone

March 2, 2021, 7:47 PM

Workers at the New York-based coding firm Glitch have secured what’s believed to be the first-ever collective bargaining agreement at a U.S. software company.

Workers Tuesday announced an 11-month contract that establishes arbitration and disciplinary procedures, severance pay, and recall rights for laid-off workers. It came a year after Glitch workers voted to organize with the Communications Workers of America.

While the agreement is limited in scope—it doesn’t provide pay or benefits increases found in most union contracts—it’s a milestone for organized labor in the tech industry, where unions have had a hard time gaining traction.

In a statement, the...

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