Google workers have formed a union.
On Jan. 4, hundreds of employees at the internet giant unveiled the Alphabet Workers Union. As the name suggests, the union isn’t just open those working on the search product. It’s open to all workers at Google’s parent company, Alphabet.
We’re Alphabet workers. We’ve been organizing for over a year, & we’re finally ready to share why.
This morning, we’re announcing #AWU, the first union open to *all* workers at any Alphabet company.
Every worker deserves a union—including tech workers.https://t.co/m2Qmjwz32V
— Alphabet Workers Union (@AlphabetWorkers) January 4, 2021
As The New York Times points out, it’s not a traditional type of union. The Alphabet Workers Union is more focused on the company’s policies than bargaining for higher wages.
Most recently, artificial intelligence expert Timnit Gebru was terminated after a dispute with Google leaders over a research paper she submitted. More than a thousand of her coworkers signed a letter backing Gebru.
Unions in the tech sector are rare, although there’s been a surge in the movement for them in recent years. The Alphabet Workers Union is currently made up of more than 225 Google workers. Alphabet currently has more than 260,000 full-time and contract workers.
For too long, big tech companies like @Google have undermined workers’ right to organize. I’m proud to stand in solidarity with Google workers in MA and across the country who are joining @CWAUnion for fair pay and working conditions. I’m in this fight with you all the way. https://t.co/ddpvt30PAa
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) January 4, 2021
The Alphabet Workers Union has already received support from one major advocate for overhauling the tech industry, Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
The union is affiliated with the CWA, Communications Workers of America, which represents workers in the telecommunication fields in the U.S. It is one of the largest media labor unions with more than 700,000 members.
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