Security Officers and SEIU-USWW Win in Silicon Valley

The past week has brought outrageous attacks on our neighbors and our values. But it also brought a huge victory for working families — one that shows how we fight back and resist Trump.

On Saturday, 3,000 security officers who protect the campuses of Facebook, Cisco, Genentech, and other tech campuses won union recognition with SEIU United Service Workers West. This is one of the largest private sector organizing victory in Silicon Valley history — and in recent memory in California. It’s a win that was made possible because community, faith, and workers partnered with tech industry leaders to ensure a fair process for workers to choose a union. Apple and Google fired a low-road contractor and demanded their security firms stayed neutral as these workers organized.

When we act together, we can inspire the tech sector to use their immense wealth and power for good. We saw the same thing at our airports this weekend, as tech leaders — from Mark Zuckerberg’s statement in support of DACA to Google co-founder Sergey Brin protesting at SFO — spoke out against President Trump’s executive orders banning refugees and stepping up deportations.

In the coming days, it will be more important than ever that tech stands with workers and our communities for justice, and we’re mobilizing to make sure that happens.

This is a critical juncture for the tech industry: they need to decide if they’ll stand with those who are being marginalized, and partner with labor and community organizations to protect all their workers.

As we’ve seen from the success of actions at SFO and other airports around the country, it’s critical that we act quickly and decisively to resist injustice — and embolden tech to join us.

In solidarity,

Ben Field
Executive Officer