Reports have surfaced that Google’s federation, an official named Alphabet Workers Union (AWU), has now exceeded 700 members. As of Monday, Jan 11th, this shows a threefold growth since its inception at the beginning of the year as I mentioned the edge.
It debuts that 200 employees at Google and Alphabet want to form a union at the start of the year. This was due to the historical issues that the company employees and contractors have faced over the years.
Many cited the fact that a large number of workers are working as contractors. This means that they are losing some of the perks that full-time employees are getting. Another notable issue was the cases of sexual harassment that led to workers’ withdrawal in 2018.
Ostensibly, Google and Alphabet maintains an overall picture of it being one of the best places to work in the world. Notable schemes, such as helping pay off student debts to employees, give the company a good reputation. However, the truth appears to be somewhat different.
Now this union seems to be gaining some momentum among the members. There are still a number of issues that need to be negotiated before the union becomes formal, but the momentum certainly appears in the workers’ favor.
Google Federation is rapidly growing to over 700 members
Currently, AWU is a minority association since it has only 700 members. This means that Google cannot be forced to come to the negotiating table on any particular issue. However, he can put pressure on the company by mobilizing workers for a cause.
We have already seen an example of this. AWU members on YouTube called for President Trump to be banned from the stage after the raid on the Capitol.
The group issued a statement regarding this matter. It reads, “YouTube refuses to hold Donald Trump responsible for the platform’s own rules by choosing to remove only one video rather than removing it from the platform entirely.”
The statement then claimed that YouTube “avoids the preemptive action called for by both employees and the wider public.” As of now, YouTube has not changed its position on this issue.
California-based association member Lorena Gonzalez, a former labor organization, has praised workers for the initiative and believes it can serve as a model for other tech companies. “I’m excited that it’s a little different,” she said. Gonzalez, also indicated that the union may have problems forming a union to “coordinate the standard National Labor Relations Board”.
How this union works in the future can be wonderful. It could also be a catalyst for a major change across Google and Alphabet. If we look at a broader scale, it may also have a major impact on people across the tech industry. Something to watch closely for for sure.