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Google contractors upset that some of their teammates were allegedly unlawfully terminated in retaliation for trying to unionize at the web giant have now joined the Alphabet Workers Union – after a 26-2 vote overseen by the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The vote was held yesterday by the remaining members of the …

  1. nematoad

    Workers of the world unite.

    "...we simply do not control their employment terms or working conditions"

    It doesn't look like that to me.

    If these people have been sacked by Google then I would say that Google has a lot of control over these employees and I'm glad to see that the NLRB also thinks that way.

    Google and others like Facebook, Apple and Microsoft make billions of dollars each year.

    The question is: What do they do with all that money and why do they always want more?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Workers of the world unite.

      Probably: They were not "sacked by Google", Google has just decided that they didn't need as much work done for them by Accenture. Accenture was free to keep these people and let them work on a different contract for Google or for a different company, but they chose instead to sack them.

      As to what they do with the money, as far as I can tell, they do stock buybacks. It used to be that Google was led by the founders, who had billions in stock already and a salary of $1. They would start money-losing projects like self-driving cars and Google Fiber. Now it is led by a CEO whose bonus depends on increasing the stock price and nothing else.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    In other news I noticed, while using Google Maps to guide a walk through windy back roads in the hills, that the Maps appearance and color has changed (for the worse) and directions are a little broken. There was nothing left to improve so Google decided to go for meaningless change instead. Maybe new employees had to leave their mark, but they are not as good as the old employees, so the result is worse?

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