Employees of Google and parent company Alphabet Inc announced the creation of a union that plans to take on issues including compensation, employee classification and the kinds of work Google engages in.
The Alphabet Workers Union said it will be open to all employees and contractors, regardless of their role or classification. Those who join the Alphabet Workers Union will also be members of CWA Local 1400.
The union organizers said workplace concerns at the company have been dismissed by executives for too long. Google has clashed with some employees in recent years over contracts with the military, the different treatment of contract workers and a rich exit package for an executive ousted for alleged sexual harassment.
The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union filed paperwork in November to represent frontline workers at an Amazon.com Inc. facility in Alabama. The company’s U.S. warehouse workers currently aren’t unionized. A vote among the more than 5,000 workers at the site is expected in the coming weeks.