(CTN News) – Microsoft (MSFT.O) and the AFL-CIO union federation announced on Monday that they have reached an agreement, ensuring that the US software giant will maintain a neutral stance regarding unionization efforts.
This partnership not only focuses on labor-related matters but also involves collaboration on the future of artificial intelligence (AI). This unique alliance aims to address the challenges posed by AI and its impact on the workforce.
According to Microsoft President Brad Smith, this “neutrality agreement” signifies a strong commitment to working alongside the AFL-CIO and its affiliates.
It outlines the company’s approach when dealing with employees or suppliers who express interest in forming a union. Smith emphasized the importance of providing clarity and support to those who wish to pursue unionization.
The AFL-CIO, consisting of 60 unions representing approximately 12.5 million workers, is the largest federation of unions in the United States.
AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler praised Microsoft’s stance, highlighting the contrast with other tech companies that actively resist unionization efforts.
Shuler stated that Microsoft’s position is to respect workers’ rights to organize, rather than obstructSmith emphasized the importance of tech companies designing AI with the needs of workers in mind and allowing workers to provide feedback that influences the direction of this technology.
Both the union and AFL-CIO have agreed to collaborate on public policy to ensure that workers have the necessary skills as the country moves forward.
Shuler and Smith Microsoft will be hosting a joint event on Monday to discuss AI and its impact on work. The primary goal of AI is to enhance worker productivity and reduce the monotony of jobs, ultimately leading to improved living standards.
Shuler highlighted the desire of workers to have a say in the deployment of AI and to have a clear career path in case their jobs are downgraded.