Monday, May 18, 2015

Why 'Ban the Box' Matters

Labor Notes
May 4th, 2015




Gadgets like Apple’s just-released watch symbolize the future—but the company doesn’t want to let workers move on from their pasts.
Apple recently booted several workers off the construction of its new spaceship-themed campus because within the past seven years they had been convicted of felonies.
Their union protested. Apple’s policy, rare in the construction industry, would have set what Iron Workers Local 377 called “an evil precedent.”
“Certain communities have suffered disproportionately from incarceration,” the Iron Workers pointed out in a public letter to CEO Tim Cook.
“These same communities have little representation in the core workforce of technology companies, and such benefits as they derive from an industry now central to our region are largely through employment in services such as construction.”


Gadgets like Apple’s just-released watch symbolize the future—but the company doesn’t want to let workers move on from their pasts.
Apple recently booted several workers off the construction of its new spaceship-themed campus because within the past seven years they had been convicted of felonies.
Their union protested. Apple’s policy, rare in the construction industry, would have set what Iron Workers Local 377 called “an evil precedent.”
“Certain communities have suffered disproportionately from incarceration,” the Iron Workers pointed out in a public letter to CEO Tim Cook.
“These same communities have little representation in the core workforce of technology companies, and such benefits as they derive from an industry now central to our region are largely through employment in services such as construction.”
- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2015/05/why-ban-box-matters#sthash.lXBWxdte.dpuf
Gadgets like Apple’s just-released watch symbolize the future—but the company doesn’t want to let workers move on from their pasts.
Apple recently booted several workers off the construction of its new spaceship-themed campus because within the past seven years they had been convicted of felonies.
Their union protested. Apple’s policy, rare in the construction industry, would have set what Iron Workers Local 377 called “an evil precedent.”
“Certain communities have suffered disproportionately from incarceration,” the Iron Workers pointed out in a public letter to CEO Tim Cook.
“These same communities have little representation in the core workforce of technology companies, and such benefits as they derive from an industry now central to our region are largely through employment in services such as construction.”
- See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/blogs/2015/05/why-ban-box-matters#sthash.lXBWxdte.dpuf

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