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Google Staff Launch Union, Escalating Tension With Leaders

  • Effort supported by the Communications Workers of America
  • Alphabet Workers Union to collect dues, pay organizing staff
The Alphabet Workers Union said it plans to take on issues including compensation, employee classification and the kinds of work Google engages in.

The Alphabet Workers Union said it plans to take on issues including compensation, employee classification and the kinds of work Google engages in.

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Employees of Google and parent company Alphabet Inc. announced the creation of a union on Monday, escalating years of confrontation between workers and management of the internet giant.

The Alphabet Workers Union will collect dues, pay organizing staff and have an elected board of directors. It will be open to all employees and contractors in North America, regardless of their role or classification, and plans to take on issues including compensation and ethical concerns such as the kinds of work Google engages in. More than 200 workers have signed up to join so far, the group said.