The new union will be open to all employees and contractors at Google’s parent company. The goal is to tackle ongoing issues like pay disparity, retaliation, and controversial government contracts.
According to Google’s Program Manager Nicki Anselmo, “This union builds upon years of courageous organizing by Google workers. 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.”
Now that the union effort is public, organizers will likely launch a series of campaigns to rally votes from Google workers. Prior to the announcement, about 230 Google employees and contractors had signed cards in support of the union.
In a statement said by Dylan Baker, a Software Engineer at Google, “This is historic—the first union at a major tech company by and for all tech workers.”
“We will elect representatives, we will make decisions democratically, we will pay dues, and we will hire skilled organizers to ensure all workers at Google know they can work with us if they actually want to see their company reflect their values,” he added.