According to techspot, an internal conflict between Google and employees has spread to the outside of the company as the union formally filed a complaint with the NLRB. If NLRB finds evidence in the case, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, will have to seek a settlement or be sued.
As tensions between Google and employees continue to rise, a union has filed a federal labor complaint against Alphabet, alleging that it unfairly fired employees to prevent other employees from organizing union activities. The complaint stems from Google’s firing of four employees in November.
Employees claim they have been retaliated against for trying to organize colleagues to promote better working conditions. They say Google has been monitoring them through the Chrome browser extension and told them to leave after discovering they had been rallying people to protest.
Google argues that the employees were fired for violating company policy, particularly by searching for personal information with other colleagues, tracking people’s schedules and leaking confidential information to the media. Google claims that these employees violated company policy and made other employees feel “unsafe.”
Reuters noted that the Communications Workers Association (CWA) had discussed the issue with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The agency said the dismissals were “dissuading and encouraging employees to engage in protected concerted action and union activities.” The CWA said: “Its actions are the antithesis of openly proclaimed freedom and transparency. “
The union, which has about 700,000 members, has been actively trying to organize Google employees. It already represents employees of Disney, AT?T and other companies.
The NLRB will investigate the matter, which has no regulatory body, so if the complaint is found to be valid, CWA will either seek a settlement as an arbitrator for the NLRB or take the search giant to court.
Google declined to comment.