“You Have A Union When You Say You Have A Union”

  • The 5 most valu­able com­pa­nies in Amer­i­ca are all big tech com­pa­nies, and none of them are union­ized. Com­pound­ing this exis­ten­tial chal­lenge for orga­nized labor is the fact that the com­pa­nies make union­iz­ing seem a daunting task. Now, one union has solved that prob­lem with a rev­o­lu­tion­ary approach: Just start. 
  • This morn­ing, work­ers at Alpha­bet, the par­ent com­pa­ny of Google, announced the for­ma­tion of the Alpha­bet Work­ers Union (AWU), affil­i­at­ed with the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Work­ers of Amer­i­ca, one of the few major unions that has ded­i­cat­ed resources to orga­niz­ing the tech indus­try.
  • “Thou­sands or mil­lions of peo­ple will wake up and see this sto­ry and see that you don’t need to wait for the labor board to approve your union,”  says Auni Ahsan, a soft­ware engi­neer at Google. ​“You have a union when you say you have a union.” 

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