Tech Worker Organizing: the new Alphabet Workers Union

A red circle with a hand holding a stylized magnifying class (the search icon).  On the right, the words Alphabet Workers Union.

Getting the new year off to a fast start, workers at Google today announced the Alphabet Workers Union.  From their page on Why we organized:

We recognized that our power as Alphabet workers—full-time employees, temporary employees, vendors, and contractors—comes from our solidarity with one another....

To fight the systems of oppression that persist to this day, we stand in solidarity with workers and advocates everywhere....

Alphabet’s guiding principle used to be “Don’t be evil.”

Help us be Alphabet’s conscience.

There's a wealth of information on the Alphabet Workers Union site, and more on their Twitter account.  Here's a handful of links with more perspectives on the Google Union, as well as a couple links about tech organizing in general.

We’re Google Workers, and We Are Forming a Union

By Parul Koul and Chewy Shaw in the New York Times

Our company’s motto used to be “Don’t be evil.” An organized work force will help us live up to it.

Googlers Are Forming a Union

By Raksha Muthukumar in the Tech Workers Coalition Newsletter

The ABC's of Google’s New Union

By Clarissa Redwine on Collective Action in Tech

An explainer on non-contract unions, how workers at Alphabet are using this structure to build and maintain power, and why you should too.

This morning, 250 workers at Google announced that they are forming a union.

Hundreds of Google Employees Unionize, Culminating Years of Activism

By Kate Conger in the New York Times

The creation of the union, a rarity in Silicon Valley, follows years of increasing outspokenness by Google workers. Executives have struggled to handle the change.

How Google workers secretly built a union

By Anna Kramer in Protocol

After a year of quiet recruiting, more than 225 Google workers signed union cards with the CWA, launching the Alphabet Workers Union.

The Making of the Tech Worker Movement

By Ben Tarnoff in Logic

A long look at the mechanics of a movement.

There is something missing from tech worker organizing

By Carmen Molinari on Organizing Work

The only way we can help our more vulnerable coworkers, or pursue broader policy changes, is by developing our own power against the company. And this is possible.

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