Following the creation of an Alphabet Workers Union led by employees at Google, a New York Times op-ed by the union’s leaders reveals Google silences employees who speak out on issues including “antitrust and monopoly power.”
The revelation follows the Department of Justice (DOJ) suing Google for violating antitrust laws.
Included in the op-ed entitled “We Built Google. This Is Not the Company We Want to Work For,” the Executive Chair and Vice-Chair of the newly-formed Alphabet Workers Union reveal how the tech giant “cracks down” on employees who address topics including antitrust and monopoly power:
“Alphabet continues to crack down on those who dare to speak out, and keep workers from speaking on sensitive and publicly important topics, like antitrust and monopoly power.”
The news comes while the op-ed authors attempt to justify the creation of the new union at Alphabet, Google’s parent company, noting “to those who are skeptical of unions or believe that tech companies are more innovative without unions, we want to point out that these and other larger problems persist.
Among the other problems identified at the company are “discrimination and harassment.”
“For a handful of wealthy executives, this discrimination and unethical working environment are working as intended,” the piece adds.