The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected Apple and Disney’s requests to omit shareholder votes on AI usage from their annual meetings.
The labor-driven proposals, filed by the AFL-CIO, aim to scrutinize AI’s impact on workforce displacement and ethical considerations.
These requests seek reports on AI deployment and ethical guidelines.
The AFL-CIO argues against AI training on copyrighted content without proper consent and compensation.
The SEC’s decision challenges Apple and Disney’s assertions that these concerns fall under “ordinary business operations.”
The AFL-CIO’s pension trust is targeting four other tech firms with similar AI measures, aligning with broader industry scrutiny.
Brandon Rees from the AFL-CIO highlighted the potential for agreements with Apple and Disney, aiming for AI disclosure in line with other tech giants like Microsoft.
Both companies haven’t adequately addressed AI ethical issues, contrasting with efforts from peers.
This ruling marks a pivotal moment in corporate accountability for AI ethics and its impact on labor rights, driving companies to confront complex ethical considerations in AI deployment.
This stands in contrast to Microsoft’s December agreement with the AFL-CIO over the use of AI.
Microsoft and the AFL-CIO agreed to collaborate to educate workers, incorporate labor input into tech development, and shape policies supportive of employees.
The alliance involves a “neutrality framework,” ensuring Microsoft’s impartiality concerning workers’ future organizational efforts.
This includes enhanced worker training and cooperative union engagement, marking a significant step toward broader industry standards.
The Microsoft partnership addresses growing concerns about AI’s impact on job displacement and ethical considerations.
It aims to ensure workers’ rights and incorporate their perspectives in AI technology development and its subsequent deployment in the workforce.