Here’s what we know about the Google union so far

The Verge (01/05/2021)
  • 230 Google employees announced they’re forming a minority union open to all Alphabet (parent company) employees and contractors.
  • As a minority (solidarity) union, the Alphabet Workers Union (AWU) won’t face legal regulatory (majority union) hurdles such as holding mandatory votes to recruit most employees.
  • Also, contractors can be included in minority unions.
  • While the AWU hasn’t published demands, it’s probably motivated by Google employees protesting Pentagon contracts, executive sexual harassment and censorship.
  • Google currently has 123,000 full-time employees and 130,000 contractors.