01.04.21 - Hundreds of employees at Google and its parent company Alphabet have launched a union in a rare move for the tech industry. The move also represents the biggest and most organized challenge yet to the company's executive leadership after years of growing employee dissatisfaction.
The Alphabet Workers' Union will be run by employees and open both to full-time workers and contractors at the tech giant, according to an announcement made recently. The union's formation comes after years of rising employee tensions at Google over the company's business and operational decisions
"This is historic," said Dylan Baker, a Google software engineer, in a press release. "The first union at a major tech company by and for all tech workers. We will elect representatives, we will make decisions democratically, we will pay dues, and we will hire skilled organizers to ensure all workers at Google know they can work with us if they actually want to see their company reflect their values."
The Union launched Monday with more than 200 members in its ranks. As many as 226 of the group's members have signed union cards with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), one of the country's largest labor unions.
Source: New York Times