Google Workers Announce Formation of Union

A group of more than 200 Google and Alphabet workers have announced their plan to form a union.

A group of more than 200 Google and Alphabet workers have announced their plan to form a union. 

The Alphabet Workers Union seeks to be open to both contractors and employees with the help of Communication Workers of America Union’s Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE-CWA).

The  227 workers who have signed to show support to the union have all committed to setting aside 1% of their yearly compensation to go toward union dues. 

Most of the workers who have signed on to join the union are based in offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and one in Cambridge.

Endeavors to unionize the employees of Google and Alphabet come following the creation of unions at tech companies Kickstarter and Glitch early last year. 

Employees at HCL Technologies who contract for Google in Pittsburgh and tech company cafeteria workers in the Bay Area has formed unions as well last year.

Google has had several labor issues over the past few years.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has just filed a complaint against Google last month alleging that the company has failed to comply to parts of the National Labor Relations Act. 

According to the NLRB, they were surveilling employees, and interfered with, coerced and restrained workers in the exercise of their rights that was guaranteed by the Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act.

The NLRB also claimed that Google discouraged “its employees from forming, joining, assisting a union or engaging in other protected, concerted activities.”

Despite endeavors of the employees, there is a lot that needs to happen before Alphabet Workers Union fully comes into fruition.

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