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The ABC’s Of Google’s New Union

Google workers have organized for pay equity, opposed unethical uses of machine learning, protested sexual assault, and more. Our small team at Collective Action in Tech has been archiving these organizing events for years. Now the workers of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, are building worker power through a non-contract union they’ve named The Alphabet Workers Union. This isn’t the first time Google workers are unionizing. In 2017, Security guards at Google and Facebook had their union recognized and fought through a long contract negotiation. In 2019, Google cafeteria staff employed by vendor Bon Appetit won their union election.

How The US Dominates Tech: The Untold Story

On May 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada finally ruled that Ms. Meng met the "double criminality" standard. That is her actions "were illegal" in the United States and in Canada, which is unsettling. How could the US' arbitrary sanctions on Iran dictate the actions of global firms? This US extra-territorial attack has gotten the world's attention. Many observers see the detainment of Meng Wanzhou as part of the American attack on Chinese 5G dominance. It also follows a pattern of US economic aggression.

Game Writers Made History By Going On Strike — And Winning

Twenty-one writers who were contractors that create scripts for the mobile app Lovestruck: Choose Your Romance went on strike on July 15 — a move nearly unheard of in the video game industry. Calling themselves Voltage Organized Workers, the group demanded better pay and workplace transparency, but the company that owns the app, Voltage Entertainment, at first refused to recognize their requests. Working with the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees (CODE), an initiative part of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), Lovestruck’s writers stayed on strike for 21 days.
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