Happy Labor Day!

Why organize?

I love the top story at the WaPo:

4,000 Google cafeteria workers quietly unionized during the pandemic

Google is famous for its cafeterias, which serve its legions of programmers and product managers everything from vegan poke to gourmet tacos — free.

But the cooks and servers behind those meals are generally contractors who work for other companies, and do not get the generous perks and benefits reserved for Google employees. So over the past few years, thousands of them have unionized, securing higher wages, retirement benefits and free platinum health care coverage.

Unite Here, a 300,000-member union hotel and food service workers, has been steadily working to unionize Silicon Valley cafeteria workers since 2018, experiencing the most success at Google. Employed by the contract companies Compass and Guckenheimer, those unionized now make up about 90 percent of total food services workers at Google, according to the union. Workers have unionized at 23 Google offices nationwide, including in Seattle and San Jose.

Keep organizing. And Happy Labor Day!

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8 Responses to Happy Labor Day!

  1. *FelineMama* says:

    The little fella on the right was shoeless, probably not much food either, but, did have a damn fine hat !
    Good old days, huh, america.

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  2. roket says:

    But what about those poor Google workers? If the cafeteria goes on strike will they starve??

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  3. laura says:

    Good job UNITE HERE! Here’s hoping that they negotiate an excellent first contract.

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  4. Mike B. says:

    Good for them.

    I heard Biden gave a good speech today (I haven’t watched it):

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  5. annieasksyou says:

    Hear! Hear! As the proud granddaughter of a union organizer, I find that googly good news.

    Biden made a barnburner pro-union speech in Wisconsin today. It’s worth tracking down—assuming anyone bothered to cover it!

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  6. sleeve98 says:

    This is how Labor Day was always tragic for me:

    “…Well we’re waiting here in Allentown
    For the Pennsylvania we never found
    For the promises our teachers gave
    If we worked hard
    If we behaved
    So the graduations hang on the wall

    And we’re waiting here in Allentown
    But they’ve taken all the coal from the ground
    And the union people crawled away
    Every child had a pretty good shot
    To get at least as far as their old man got
    But something happened on the way to that place
    They threw an American flag in our face…”
    – Billy Joel

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