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Whenever I might be tempted to think well of the big tech companies...
... they turn out to be doing something like this. Ick.

Summary: Google, Apple and a bunch of other tech firms appear to have been running secret hands-off deals in which they not only wouldn't poach each others' employees, in some cases they would actively refuse to hire people who had worked at the other firms. It's basically an unusually blatant and illegal wage-fixing scheme.

The article is correct in pointing out that this is basically a first-world problem -- the people affected are not, by and large, poor and oppressed. But still, the companies' attitude towards their employees has a real tinge of serfdom to it, in a more precise and literal way than usual: the great lords were basically negotiating amongst themselves to tie their employees to the "lands" they worked, to keep them from demanding too much. This is, notably, one of the aspects of the Middle Ages that the SCA chooses not to re-create -- it's sad to see that high-tech has done so instead...

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Unfortunately I've seen it in much smaller companies where I've worked. I'm our case it was pretty well known if not acknowledged by management. At least in the case where I experienced it was only direct poaching. If you had another job in between it was fine.

I signed the paper to get involved in this class lawsuit; not sure what will it bring, a buck?
Anyway, it's sad. I kind was of a better opinion of Eric.

This is, notably, one of the aspects of the Middle Ages that the SCA chooses not to re-create except in the East Kingdom. Section VII A Residency is the same kind of serfdom as in the article.


I don't fit in in my local group, but I can't officially change to another "company" - they're not allowed to hire me. Best I can do is some freelance work under the table.

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