Code of conduct

Anti-harassment 

Alphabet Workers Union is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

This code of conduct applies to all Alphabet Workers Union spaces and in interactions with and about members, including but not limited to conferences, chat clients such as Discord, email, file sharing such as in Dropbox, and videoconferencing such as with Zoom. Both online and off.

Some Alphabet Workers Union spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Examples of harassment include: 

Platform usage 

The foundation of our union organizing is in face-to-face conversations. It is generally expected that your first and primary points of contact will be with other members of your workplace unit, working group, committee, or chapter.

We expect that most organizing will happen in smaller, more focused groups, while broader forums exist to allow for wider discussion, including asking and answering questions and concerns, connecting with members from across our union, and advertising specific-topic forums. Keep in mind that these larger, more open forums may be too fast-moving for all union members to be able to participate in a timely fashion, so folks raising questions or concerns may be redirected to other people or forums, and any specific topics that gather large interest may be worth spinning up another channel and moving the conversation there. Disagreements can (and should!) be brought up, and may be appropriate in larger venues, but the ideal resolutions are almost always going to be in smaller, more focused groups.

As such, administrators or moderators may moderate for topicality or keeping groups appropriately focused, with enforcement being considered more strictly in groups with larger audiences.

Enforcement 

In general we prioritize safety over comfort and will enforce accordingly.

Attempts to circumvent or abuse this Code of Conduct, including testing the boundaries of a rule despite warnings, or using the Code of Conduct to derail appropriate conversation or intimidate others, is explicitly a violation of this Code of Conduct.

Violations of these policies may result in restricting write/comment capability to essential channels or banning from secondary or unofficial ones at the discretion of the administrative staff of those platforms, and repeated violations may end up referred to chapter coordinators, stewards, or ultimately to the membership or Executive Council for mediation or ultimate determination on appropriate actions, with the vulnerable person’s perspective being part of the consideration. Specifics on mechanisms (who, responsibilities, goals, etc) will be laid out in another doc.

All decisions may be raised with other members for mediation or brought up to the Executive Council, if all else fails and remediation does not seem possible. It is encouraged to start with your local chapter coordinator or union steward for guidance.

Rights and responsibilities 

Rights 

All members in good standing have the following rights in the union:

Responsibilities 

All members, both full and retired, are expected to:

In addition, although these are not explicit requirements, members are encouraged to:

As a reminder, AWU-CWA uses a mode of enforcement that aligns with restorative justice rather than punitive justice. The “Enforcement” section above discusses this briefly.

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