Google workers form union to drive changes within company

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Workers at Alphabet Inc. said Monday that a group of employees had formed a union focused on driving changes to the company’s structure. Software engineers Parul Koul and Chewy Shaw wrote in a New York Times opinion piece that they are among more than 200 U.S. workers at Alphabet who’ve created the Alphabet Workers Union, which is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America. Koul and Shaw, who were elected the union’s executive chair and vice chair, respectively, said that the union will be open to Alphabet workers “regardless of classification” given a high proportion of temporary workers, vendors, and contractors at Google. “Alphabet continues to crack down on those who dare to speak out, and keep workers from speaking on sensitive and publicly important topics, like antitrust and monopoly power,” they said in their opinion piece. Alphabet didn’t immediately return MarketWatch’s request for comment. Alphabet shares are off 0.3% in Monday morning trading.
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