Google workers, labor advocates confront parent Alphabet over practices

phys.org | 4/25/2019 | Staff
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Google workers, labor advocates, and local community members rallied outside parent company Alphabet Inc.'s annual meeting of company shareholders here on Wednesday, calling on the technology company to change its labor practices.

Employees, including several who presented investor-backed proposals inside the meeting, called on Google to listen to its workforce following a series of walkouts demanding better policies related to sexual misconduct allegations, discrimination, and contract workers.

Silicon - Valley - Rising - Group - Labor

Silicon Valley Rising, a group of labor unions and activist groups, organized the rally. "The company needs to focus on listening to employees from marginalized backgrounds, many of whom could have warned it about many of the major disasters it's faced, many of whom tried to and weren't listened to," said Irene Knapp, a Google employee of more than four years, in an interview with CQ Roll Call at the rally.

Knapp, who is transgender, told protesters that employees should have been part of the discussion from the start, rather than needing to protest.

Knapp - Shareholder - Proposal - Behalf - Investor

Knapp presented a shareholder proposal on behalf of an investor during the meeting, which asked the company to incorporate sustainability goals, including metrics for senior executive diversity into executive pay plans.

During the rally, protesters held signs demanding "good jobs now" and "affordable housing now."

Employees - CQ - Roll - Call - Google

Employees who participated told CQ Roll Call they believe Google leaders are listening to workers but not understanding or addressing concerns, and they called for employee board representation.

Marie Collins, an employee of Google for more than six years, said in an interview that she attended the rally and supported worker walkouts because she believes trust between workers and leadership broke down at least a year ago.

Collins - Leadership - Employee - Concerns

Collins said she no longer feels leadership genuinely works to address employee concerns.

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