Listening to today's episode of The Daily and it's SO CLEAR how this unionization drive at Amazon could have been avoided if they'd treated their employees like people instead of cogs in a machine.…
If you track your people BY THE SECOND and you DO NOT COMMUNICATE THE RULES, it's going to make them CRAZY. This is so obvious it hurts.
It reminds me of a startup I worked at (name omitted) where I wound up in a middle management role (again) because the CEO was so bad at being a human, he built a software tracking system to monitor a specific employee because that was easier for him than having ONE CONVERSATION.
When people ask why we need unions in tech where salaries are good, this is why. It's because unions are about creating a respectful environment where employees can work with dignity in a sector that's full of sociopaths that just want robots.
Even in this episode of The Daily, the host asks the reporter why the Amazon worker wants a union, and the reporter babbles a list of things, but when they ask the worker, she immediately says: "DIGNITY and RESPECT."
You can't claim you're good to your workers when you track them by the second, make them walk 20 minutes to the bathroom and back, and then threaten to fire them for that "time off task." That's undignified. That's disrespectful.

That's why they need a union.
Honestly ask yourself how you'd feel if your employer monitored you by the second. THE SECOND. I've worked in companies where the boss asked for a weekly list of things accomplished and I saw engineers pitch a fit for how invasive and demeaning it was. A freeform list! Weekly!
Now imagine that you were monitored by the second but no one would tell you what that data was used for. But then it was brought up in reviews. So you ask, what are the rules here? But there's no one to ask. And when you find someone, they won't give you a straight answer.
Workplaces are community systems. Complicated community systems, sure, but humans are still humans. We need to know the rules BEFORE we break them. We need to have people to talk to. We need support and understanding. Yes, these are all obvious. So why wasn't Amazon doing them?
And when you can't trust the company to do the obvious shit, that's why you need collective representation so you can speak with a unified voice and demand it.

Amazon cannot be trusted to do the obvious shit. That's why their workers need a union.

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