Engadget: NLRB expands its Google complaint for alleged retaliatory dismissals

Engadget: NLRB expands its Google complaint for alleged retaliatory dismissals. “The US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is expanding its complaint against Google to include three additional former employees of the company, according to Recode. When the agency first accused the search giant of illegally firing some of its workers for organizing, it took up the cases of two individuals.”

Digital North Carolina: Materials Documenting the Life of Crystal Lee Sutton, Activist and Union Organizer, Now Online

Digital North Carolina: Materials Documenting the Life of Crystal Lee Sutton, Activist and Union Organizer, Now Online. “Crystal Lee Sutton was a union organizer and activist, recognized as the driving force behind the unionization of J.P. Stevens plant workers in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. Her story inspired the acclaimed 1979 film, Norma Rae. Items digitized in this collection give firsthand accounts leading up to that notable unionization, including a union cheer and a timeline of events recorded in several meeting recollections with J.P. Stevens management.”

California State University Northridge: CSUN Receives NEH Grant to Digitize its Farmworker Movement Collection

California State University Northridge: CSUN Receives NEH Grant to Digitize its Farmworker Movement Collection. “The Tom & Ethel Bradley Center at California State University, Northridge has received a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize some of the approximately 22,000 images in its Farmworker Movement Collection that tell the story and document efforts to unionize farmworkers in the 1960s and early 1970s.”

Georgia State University: Georgia State Libraries Awarded National Grant To Digitize Historically Significant Labor and Civil Rights Materials

Georgia State University: Georgia State Libraries Awarded National Grant To Digitize Historically Significant Labor and Civil Rights Materials. “Georgia State University’s Libraries have received a $350,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to digitize and provide access to American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Civil Rights Southeast Division and national-level records from the AFL, CIO and AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department.”

CNET: Google workers explain why they unionized

CNET: Google workers explain why they unionized. “Organized labor came to Silicon Valley earlier this year when employees of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, formed the Alphabet Workers Union. It’s the first union to be open to any Alphabet employee anywhere in the world, including the temporary workers, vendors and contractors who make up more than half the company’s workforce. With a membership of over 800 people, the union represents less than 1% of Alphabet’s current employees, but the union’s relatively small size hasn’t stopped it from taking action and achieving results.”

The Verge: Exclusive: Google workers across the globe announce international union alliance to hold Alphabet accountable

The Verge: Exclusive: Google workers across the globe announce international union alliance to hold Alphabet accountable. “Google workers across the world are coming together to form a global union alliance. The newly formed coalition, called Alpha Global, is comprised of 13 different unions representing workers in 10 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, and Switzerland.”

New York Times: Hundreds of Google Employees Unionize, Culminating Years of Activism

New York Times: Hundreds of Google Employees Unionize, Culminating Years of Activism. “More than 225 Google engineers and other workers have formed a union, the group revealed on Monday, capping years of growing activism at one of the world’s largest companies and presenting a rare beachhead for labor organizers in staunchly anti-union Silicon Valley.”

Cornell Chronicle: Digitized files give rare glimpse of anti-union advocacy

Cornell Chronicle: Digitized files give rare glimpse of anti-union advocacy. “When companies go toe to toe with labor unions, they call people like Leonard C. Scott, a former human resource and labor relations executive who also served as a consultant specializing in fighting unions and preventing them from forming in the first place. Cornell University Library’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives in Catherwood Library, in the ILR School, recently digitized the anti-union files, dating from 1966 to 2013, that were donated by Scott in 2007. These files, which provide a rare insider’s view of anti-union advocacy, are now fully accessible online.

Mashable: Facebook insists new Workplace tool was for ‘preventing bullying,’ not suppressing unions

Mashable: Facebook insists new Workplace tool was for ‘preventing bullying,’ not suppressing unions . “Facebook wants to empower you to make the world more open and connected as you suppress your workers’ legal right to form a union. The social media giant that seemingly goes out of its way to be awful set a new bar Wednesday, when, according to reporting by the Intercept, it showed off a new Workplace tool designed to prevent certain words from trending on the enterprise-focused platform. And, to make things as clear as possible during the internal meeting, it chose an example word: ‘unionize.’”

American Federation of Labor: History Now Digital (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress: American Federation of Labor: History Now Digital. “Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries witnessed the growth of two transformative but intertwined forces: massive waves of immigration from 1880 to 1920 and the roiling discontent of labor. Few organizations struggled to balance these developments more than the American Federation of Labor, one of the nation’s premier labor organizations.”

Recode: Thousands of Google’s cafeteria workers have unionized

Recode: Thousands of Google’s cafeteria workers have unionized. “Around 2,300 cafeteria workers who work at dozens of Google campuses in the Bay Area, including the search giant’s main headquarters in Mountain View, have unionized. The workers — who include dishwashers and food preparers who serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner for Google employees — voted last month to form a union after a campaign that’s been two years in the making, according to a source involved in the campaign.”