Google employees have formed the Alphabet Workers Union to advocate for issues regarding the search engine giant.
Alphabet Workers Union Formed At Google. “More than 225 Google engineers and other workers have formed a union, the group revealed on Monday, capping years of growing activism at one of the world’s largest companies and presenting a rare beachhead for labor organizers in staunchly anti-union Silicon Valley.” [NY Times]
Google Said It Won’t Negotiate With The Union. “Google said Monday that it’s tried to create a supportive and rewarding workplace but suggested it won’t be negotiating directly with the union. “Of course our employees have protected labor rights that we support,” said a statement from Kara Silverstein, the company’s director of people operations. ”But as we’ve always done, we’ll continue engaging directly with all our employees.”” [AP]
Google Employees Have Protested Company Decisions In The Past. “In 2018 thousands of workers signed a petition to protest Google’s contract with the Department of Defense called Project Maven, that would help track individuals captured in drone video footage. Google later conceded and the contract was terminated. That same year 20,000 workers staged a walkout to protest the company’s handling of sexual misconduct and afterwards Google announced it would end its practice of forced arbitration.” [Daily Mail]