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More than 225 Google workers formed the Alphabet Workers Union, having planned its creation in secret before officially announcing it Monday, The New York Times reports.
The group, which is affiliated with the Communications Workers of America, was established to provide "structure and longevity to activism at Google, rather than to negotiate for a contract," according to the NYT. Its creation follows several years of activism at the company, and is a notable development for an industry that has long resisted efforts to organize.
Jamie Condliffe ( @jme_c) is the news editor at Protocol, based in London. Prior to joining Protocol in 2019, he worked on the business desk at The New York Times, where he edited the DealBook newsletter and wrote Bits, the weekly tech newsletter. He has previously worked at MIT Technology Review, Gizmodo, and New Scientist, and has held lectureships at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London. He also holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of Oxford.