What is the Alphabet Workers Union - Communications Workers of America?
Our Union of 1100+ members strives to protect Alphabet workers, our global society, and our world. We promote solidarity, democracy, and social and economic justice.
We want to wield our power to ensure:
Our working conditions are inclusive and fair, Perpetrators of harassment, abuse, discrimination, and retaliation are held accountable, We have the freedom to decline to work on projects that don’t align with our values, All workers, regardless of employment status, can enjoy the same benefits. Let’s come together, reclaim our power, and make Alphabet a better place for all workers.
As raters we are organizing around:
• A minimum wage that aligns with Google’s publicly stated standards ($15 an hour, healthcare, paid sick days, tuition reimbursement, paid parental leave, etc)
• A clear escalation path for worker issues - we don’t know who can fix things around here when something is wrong. The restrictions for raters’ mistakes must change
• We deserve access to health care, sick time, and PTO afforded to other workers throughout Alphabet
Can my employer legally discipline me for organizing?
Talking about, participating in, or on behalf of a union are legally protected activities under federal labor law.
If your employer allows talk about non-work subjects, employers cannot legally discriminate against your right to talk about unions, pay, or job conditions.
What does Google say about us organizing?
Google has stated: “Google has a strict non-retaliation policy. If anyone feels they are being retaliated against for having participated in this process, … we can address the situation immediately. “ Google’s Supplier Code of Conduct states: “Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining. Workers will be permitted to associate freely, bargain collectively, and seek representation in accordance with local laws. Suppliers are expected to permit workers to openly communicate and share grievances with management about working conditions without fear of reprisal or harassment.”
Does my NDA prevent me from organizing?
Nothing in your NDA should be used to stop you from organizing.
Even if your employer attempts to use your NDA to prevent you from organizing with your co-workers, that likely is unlawful.
Don’t we need 50% of our workforce to join to be effective? How can I get involved?
• Start by joining our AWU. We currently meet each Wednesday from 8-9 ET. We encourage all members to be as active as possible - we all bring unique talents and abilities to the table.
• Even if you can’t make Wednesday meetings, please still consider joining. There are other ways to get involved - circulating petitions, talking one-on-one with people, or joining committees such as legislative political.
• Participation is encouraged but not required of any member, but more members participate the more we can win together.
• We will never leave you guessing on how to organize with us, we will do it side-by-side! There’s even free organizer training resources provided by Communications Workers of America.
What if I'm not sure how long I will stay at this job?
• We would still love to have you join us!
• There is strength in numbers; as long as you are here, you are a valuable team member with needed insights. You have an opportunity to organize with like-minded people while still employed, leave the company better than when you found it, and gain valuable skills in organizing that can transfer to other situations in your future.
Why do we pay dues?
• Unions are self-funded not-for profit organizations - we pay dues because building organizations take resources.
What do dues go to?
Training, Staff, Legal backing, Infrastructure, Admin
What are the dues?
• Dues are 1% of your yearly income spread out over monthly payments.
• So, for example…if a rater makes $10 an hour and works 15 hours a week, their membership contribution would be less than $7 a month.
Sounds great! How do I join?