On Wednesday, a bunch of contractors at YouTube Music voted to unionize with the Alphabet Employees Union-Communications Employees of America (AWU-CWA). Out of the 49 staff who have been eligible to vote, 41 voted in favor of the motion, with the remaining eight abstaining. As of final yr, the employees have been already paying AWU-CWA dues however have been looking for bargaining rights. In March, the group received a landmark authorized victory when the Nationwide Labor Relations Board (NLRB) dominated that Google should cut price with them to ratify their union contract.
41 YES’s0 No’s
After months of union-busting by @Google & @Cognizant, our YouTube Music members have simply received their NLRB union election in a blowout victory & are able to convey BOTH of their employers to the negotiating desk to win their fair proportion.✨✨ pic.twitter.com/zJot09Dsx8
— Alphabet Employees Union (AWU-CWA) (@AlphabetWorkers) April 26, 2023
Whereas Google vowed to problem the ruling, the outcomes of in the present day’s vote may have important implications for the corporate. Supplied the NLRB’s choice stands, Google might want to collectively cut price with a bunch of its US staff for the primary time within the firm’s almost 25-year historical past. That’s one thing that might immediate different teams throughout the tech big to pursue unionization.
“After months of union-busting by Google and Cognizant, our YouTube Music members have simply received their NLRB union election in a blowout victory and are able to convey each of their employers to the desk to win their fair proportion,” the Alphabet Employees Union tweeted.
Though Wednesday’s vote was months within the making, it comes after Google laid off 12,000 staff – or about six % of its international workforce – in late January. This week, the corporate shared its Q1 earnings outcomes, reporting a web earnings of $15 billion. It additionally introduced a $70 billion inventory buyback. In 2022, the yr staff at YouTube Music Content material Operations filed for union recognition with the NLRB, Google compensated CEO Sundar Pichai to the tune of $226 million.