A complete of 49 employees voted in favor of unionization, whereas 24 voted in opposition to. Based on the emails Motherboard noticed, HCL America tried onerous to persuade them to not vote in favor of forming a union. HCL deputy normal supervisor of operations Jeremy Carlson reportedly despatched them at the least half-a-dozen emails inside two weeks earlier than the vote, telling them that Steelworkers is usually for blue collar employees and does not perceive the tech trade. “Do you really think the Steelworkers understand our needs, our industry, our business, or even what you do on a daily basis? I don’t,” he apparently wrote in one among his emails.
Google advised Motherboard that the employees’ vote is not going to have an effect on their place in the corporate and that it’s going to proceed working with HCL. A spokesperson stated:
“We work with lots of partners, many of which have unionized workforces, and many of which don’t. As with all our partners, whether HCL’s employees unionize or not is between them and their employer. We’ll continue to partner with HCL.”
Even although some selected to vote in opposition to unionization, employees from either side confirmed concern about receiving decrease wages and fewer advantages than Google staff and even fellow contractors. A New York Times report from May says temps and contractors make up over half of the corporate’s personnel, and so they’ve began airing their grievances these previous months. Earlier this 12 months, at the least 900 of these employees signed a letter protesting their lack of insurance coverage and break day, forcing Google to implement “minimum standards” for non permanent workers.