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Upset with Google's leadership, tech employees launch a workforce union to fight back

Original post made on Jan 4, 2021

A coalition of employees working for Google parent company Alphabet and its subsidiaries announced Monday that they have launched a union to push back against "unethical" company decisions that run contrary to its workers' views.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 4, 2021, 1:01 PM

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Posted by Waldo
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 4, 2021 at 3:25 pm

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It's good to see pushback on evil. Good luck to these union organizers. Hopefully, Facebook is next.

Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 4, 2021 at 3:49 pm

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Not mentioned in the article is that the AWU has aligned with the Communication Workers of America (CWA). Since CA is an "at-will" state, it's unlikely that there will be any additional job security or bargaining power gained by contributing 1% of each paycheck. I suspect that this misguided effort will shortly dissipate into nothingness with nothing gained.

Posted by Gayle
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jan 5, 2021 at 11:53 am

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Dan - CA may be an "at-will" state, but that doesn't mean employers can fire at-will for any reason. For example, employers cannot fire employees for pregnancy, refusal to engage in illegal activity, or whistleblowing. As far as union activity, there are several laws protecting employees, not the least of which is the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Granted, organizing a union is a difficult process, and Google employees will get pushback, but it is not impossible for employees to get what they want, if they stick together.

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