Google Employees Unionize

The Union, which includes around 400 employees, was organized in secret last year and elected its leadership last month.

More than 400 Google engineers and other workers have announced the formation of the Alphabet  Workers Union, with the help of Communication Workers of America Union’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees; reported NYTimes.

Well, the Union was organized in secret for the better part of a year and elected its leadership last month. Employees said that it is primarily an effort to give structure and longevity to activism at the tech giant, rather than to negotiate for a contract.

Source: https://alphabetworkersunion.org/

In rejoinder, Kara Silverstein, director of people operations, Google said: "We’ve always worked hard to create a supportive and rewarding workplace for our workforce. Of course, our employees have protected labor rights that we support. But as we’ve always done, we’ll continue engaging directly with all our employees."

The group said that the intent is not necessarily to be able to bargain with Google-owned companies but to be able to work collectively toward common goals. "We will use our reclaimed power to control what we work on and how it is used. We will ensure our working conditions are inclusive and fair." wrote the Union.

Well, the Alphabet  Workers Union comes following the unions at tech companies Kickstarter and Glitch early last year. Employees at HCL Technologies workers who contract for Google in Pittsburgh and tech company cafeteria workers in the Bay Area formed unions last year.