Alphabet Workers Union is the first union open to all Alphabet employees, regardless of their role or classification. Google was founded in September 1998.
Alphabet Workers Union was announced today and it is open to all employees and contractors at any Alphabet company, with dues-paying members, an elected board of directors, and paid organizing staff.
According to the Alphabet Workers Union, half of Google workers at Alphabet companies are hired as TVCs—temps, vendors, or contractors—without the benefits afforded to full-time employees.
Alphabet Workers Union is part of CWA’s CODE-CWA (Coalition to Organize Digital Employees) project.
“This union builds upon years of courageous organizing by Google workers,” said Nicki Anselmo, Program Manager. “From fighting the ‘real names’ policy to opposing Project Maven to protesting the egregious, multi-million dollar payouts that have been given to executives who’ve committed sexual harassment, we’ve seen first-hand that Alphabet responds when we act collectively. Our new union provides a sustainable structure to ensure that our shared values as Alphabet employees are respected even after the headlines fade.”