A labor union was established in Google, a global company that has been envied as the dream workplace of IT people around the world, and is receiving great attention. It is the first among big tech companies located in Silicon Valley.
This union is known to have been organized by people who have complained of discrimination against employees within Google since 2018, and in partnership with the US Communications Union (CWA), it took its name from the parent company Alphabet and named it’Alphabet Union’. lost.
The union was formed by Pagul Coul, the chairman of the alphabet staff union and vice-chairman Chuwe Shaw to the New York Times (NYT), saying,’We made Google. This company is not the company we want to work for,’ and announced that the purpose of the Alphabet Union is to prevent management’s unilateral decision-making, inequality, gender discrimination, and personnel retaliation.
Why was the union established at Google, which was called the dream workplace? Various protests held by Google workers in recent years have been the starting point for union formation. In particular, the ethical problem was serious.
First of all, in 2014, Google covered the case even after receiving a report of internal sexual violence from Andy Rubin’s senior vice president, and instead gave Rubin $90 million to leave the company, and more than 20,000 Google employees criticized the company and began protesting.
In addition, they rebelled against ethical issues such as the “Maven Project (beginning in 2017),” a military UAV development plan by the Ministry of Defense, and the “Dragon Fly Project (2018-2019),” which develops search engines in accordance with the Chinese government’s censorship standards.
Subsequently, in October 2020, suspicions arose that Google had secretly installed a’peep’ program on employees’ computers to hinder employees’ union preparation activities. It was known that when employees plan for an event that uses 10 or more conference rooms or an event with 100 or more participants, they plan to install a tool that automatically reports to management, and Google employees say the company is trying to block employees from trying to organize. Criticized.
In November of the same year, there was controversy when Google signed a contract with IRI Consultant, an anti-union consulting firm, and there were circumstances in which Google suppressed internal critics, such as retaliatory dismissal of employees who exposed sensitive information in the company to the outside.
The U.S. federal labor authorities pointed out that Google fired some employees for resisting company policies and trying to form a union, but Google has been legally responding to various issues. Currently, employees are protected by labor rights, He announced that he would communicate.
Alphabet Union will collect 1% of its income from union members as union expenses and use it for all union activities, including strikes. The union composition is only 226 out of 140,000 employees worldwide, so it is not yet large enough to negotiate with the management, but it is aiming to be recognized as an official organization in the future.
The official also said, “We will make sure that workers can work at a fair wage without fear of abuse, retaliation, or discrimination.”
The establishment of a union of Google that values autonomy and has been envied by all IT industry people as a dream job for its tremendous welfare. It adds to the bitterness that the reason for the establishment of the union is an ethical issue.
Reporter Ho Lee email@example.com
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