Google workers in 10 countries just formed a global union to keep Alphabet in check

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Alpha Global also aims to achieve collecting bargaining power to strengthen the workplace rights of Google employees. Just three weeks after hundreds of Google workers united to form the Alphabet Workers Union (AWU) in the United States and Canada, Google’s parent company Alphabet now has a second alliance of united workers on its hands—only this one is much larger. As The Verge reports , Google workers from 10 countries across the globe have united to form the Alpha Global coalition. Read Full Story

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Google’s workers unionize, launching the Alphabet Workers Union

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But instead of individual contract disputes, the union hopes to give structure to the increasing activism among employees against Google’s more questionable actions. The first new thing out from Google in 2021 is something you wouldn’t expect–a union. However, Google the company isn’t responsible for it. Rather, Google’s new union was launched by hundreds of its workers who planned its birth for over a year, reports The New York Times . Read Full Story

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‘We’re the ones making Google the money’: 2 Alphabet union workers on why they organized

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The new union at Google aims to strengthen the growing labor movement at the company and serve as a vehicle for workers to voice their concerns. On Monday, more than 400 Google employees and contractors announced that they had formed the Alphabet Workers Union , a significant milestone in the tech worker movement at the company and in Silicon Valley. Read Full Story

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The world’s richest people are most responsible for climate change

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The wealthiest top 10% globally use roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%. There are huge differences in the energy footprints of the rich and poor around the world—so, not surprisingly, the rich are far more responsible for climate change. A new study, based on European Union and World Bank data from 86 countries, found that the top 10% globally use roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%. Read Full Story

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The European Union will begin lifting travel restrictions from these 14 countries, but not the U.S.

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The Council of the European Union’s list was determined primarily by each country’s “epidemiological situation and containment measures.” The European Union will begin lifting restrictions on nonessential travel into the EU from residents of up to 15 countries, starting July 1. Per recommendation by the Council of the European Union, the countries included are: Read Full Story

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Nerdwallet is moving millions of dollars to local credit unions

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There’s a simple way that companies can help with one aspect of financial inequality: Start banking with credit unions instead of big banks. Nerdwallet, the personal finance company, announced today that it is moving $2 million of its capital from a bank to Self-Help Federal Credit Union, which serves low-income customers in cities like Oakland, California. It’s hoping that other businesses will make the same choice. Read Full Story

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As Amazon workers await vote results, a new poll shows widespread support for labor unions in general

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In a new survey, 76% of respondents said they were either somewhat supportive or very supportive of labor unions. Only 11% said they were not. Americans continue to show broad support for organized labor, according to an exclusive new poll from Fast Company and SurveyMonkey, and the COVID-19 pandemic may have sparked an even greater interest in unionization among workers. Read Full Story

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