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Technology Google workers demand the company achieves zero emissions by 2030

12:45  05 november  2019
12:45  05 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Google contractors in Pittsburgh vote to join union

  Google contractors in Pittsburgh vote to join union About 80 workers will join the United Steelworkers Union. © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Activists at Google organized a global walkout last year. James Martin/CNET The group of about 80 workers, which are employed by the digital services company HCL Technologies, are "seeking a voice on the job and the opportunity to bargain over wages and working conditions," the union said. The move is a major win for TVCs -- temps, vendors and contractors, in Google parlance -- as tech workers have increasingly embraced organized labor.

Over a thousand Google workers -- 1 ,137 as of this writing -- signed an open letter calling on Google to conjure up and implement a company -wide climate plan. They're demanding a strategy that incorporates four elements in particular, starting with the capability to achieve zero emissions by

Specifically, the letter demands a commitment from Google to zero emissions by 2030 , as well as no contracts that "enable But employee activists want the company to go further. In the letter, Google 's employees also mention protest efforts by workers from Amazon and Microsoft over climate change.

Over a thousand Google workers -- 1,137 as of this writing -- signed an open letter calling on Google to conjure up and implement a company-wide climate plan. They're demanding a strategy that incorporates four elements in particular, starting with the capability to achieve zero emissions by 2030. The tech giant has been purchasing (PDF) carbon credits for years and recently announced that it's investing $2 billion in renewable energy infrastructure, but the workers probably think the company can do better. They even referenced an article by environmental reporter Lisa Song that says "carbon credits for forest preservation may be worse than nothing."

Google contractors are unionizing in Pittsburgh

  Google contractors are unionizing in Pittsburgh A group of Google tech contractors in Pittsburgh has voted to unionize with the United Steelworkers under the name Pittsburgh Association of Tech Professionals (PATP). Since it's just around 80 workers employed by employed by HCL America, the move may seem insignificant and unable to influence the way Google is treating its contractors. As Motherboard noted, though, it's a huge event for white collar tech workers who very rarely form unions. AA total of 49 workers voted in favor of unionization, while 24 voted against. Based on the emails Motherboard saw, HCL America tried hard to convince them not to vote in favor of forming a union.

Google workers demand the company achieves zero emissions by 2030 . The rumors were true: Facebook has decided that a rebranding is in order. The company has introduced a new corporate logo and brand strategy that it hopes will more clearly distinguish Facebook the company and its

Google employees have signed a public letter asking the company to reduce its contributions to In September, when Google workers joined the global climate strike, they criticized the company for Those demands are as follows: Zero emissions by 2030 . Zero contracts to enable or accelerate the

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The workers are also calling for "zero contracts to enable or accelerate the extraction of fossil fuels," linking to a Gizmodo piece pointing out that the tech giant provides automation, cloud and AI services to some of the biggest oil companies in the world. Next, the workers want a plan that provides "zero funding for climate-denying or -delaying think tanks, lobbyists and politician." A report published by The Guardian in October details Google's "substantial" contributions to climate change deniers. The recipients reportedly include the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), which was instrumental in getting the administration to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement.

Finally, the workers are demanding a strategy that has "zero collaboration with entities enabling the incarceration, surveillance, displacement, or oppression of refugees or frontline communities." These demands, they said, were set by workers across the industry. Amazon workers published an open letter with similar conditions back in April, which also called for the e-commerce giant to do better when it comes to climate-related issues.

The Google workers closed their letter with:

"Google is a global company with billions of users across the world, many of whom are already bearing the brunt of climate disaster. Google's code of conduct requires respect for users and for opportunities. As Google workers, we are committed to putting our users first, and Google must do the same."

Google Workers For Action on Climate (Medium)

Former Google employees plan to file labor complaints with government .
They allege the search giant of terminated them for engaging in labor organizing.Google last month fired four employees for what it said were violations related to data security, according to a staff memo published by Bloomberg. The terminations came just days after approximately 200 Google workers and other supporters held a rally outside one of Google's San Francisco offices. The activists at the rally alleged that Google management was retaliating against employees for speaking out against the search giant.

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