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Google Workers Form Union to 'Promote Solidarity, Democracy, and Social and Economic Justice'

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/01/04/google-workers-form-union-promote-solidarity-democracy-and-social-and-economic

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“As Alphabet workers, we can help build that world,” they wrote.

All the best to the Alphabet workers, we need some good news for a change!

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This is the sort of news media interest in the REST OF U.S. that is long overdue. Where is the single U.S. failing newspaper with a LABOR BEAT REPORTER or, FCC Forfend, any equal time for those living here beyond the Gated Communities on PLANET OF THE CLOCK PUNCHERS.!

Thank you for covering those of U.S. in the vast majority of the PRECARIAT who don’t live off investments and who don’t spend every non-On-The-Clock hour of Wage Slavery with THIS WEEK ON WALL STREET or MARKETPLACE or PLANET MONEY or BUSINESS INSIDER or FORBES or FREAKONOMICS or BLOOMBERG BILLIONAIRE BUSINESS NEWS or with our faces covered by the FINANCIAL TIMES OF LONDON.

I had to go to a college campus newspaper to get some coverage of the Rutgers University ZOOM conference on the true costs of GOOGLE dba ALPHABET Inc’s switcharoo of their DO NO EVIL bid-net model after the DOT COM BUST and Silicon Valley panic some years ago and now down the Orwellian Memory Hole of corporate-captured U.S. News and Public Affairs broadcast and press coverage.
~https://dailytargum.com/article/2020/09/klein-event-discusses-surveillance-reminds-us-to-be-wary-of-big-tech

Torn from the Rutgers Daily Targum’s lede 'graphs:

"In partnership with Rutgers, The Intercept held a live chat yesterday on the increasingly pressing issue of surveillance capitalism. The event was hosted by Naomi Klein, whose insightful work as both an author and filmmaker revolve around corporate globalization and capitalism. She is also the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers.

“Surveillance in an Era of Pandemic and Protest” also featured Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” (2019) and Harvard University professor, along with Simone Browne, author of “Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness” (2015) and associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

"Klein kicked off the event with some alarming examples of state surveillance amid the racial justice protests that have followed since the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Back in late May, four days after Floyd’s unjust killing, a Customs and Border Patrol Predator drone flew over a protest in Minneapolis. A month later, the FBI authorized surveillance of protests in Washington D.C. using the Cessna Citation, an advanced spy plane. ~https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/peteraldhous/fbi-surveillance-plane-black-lives-matter-dc

"Zuboff, a self-proclaimed “data-lover,” followed up with a staggering set of facts and figures to describe the state of tech companies under the pandemic-torn economy. Since the onset of the pandemic, tech giants like Apple and Amazon have been carrying the U.S. stock market all against the “catastrophic backdrop” of the historic 9.5 percent decline in the gross domestic product.

"Zuboff cited education as one of her chief concerns raised by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Google, already established as the “biggest player” in the K-12 markets (and used by universities across the nation, including all Ivy League schools), has reaped massive benefits from the transition to remote learning.

"Google Classroom doubled its active users (100 million) and the user base for the paid-for G Suite rose from 90 million to 120 million users worldwide. Its video-conferencing application went up by 900 percent in the first few weeks of lockdown.

"Perhaps the fact that our very own University uses G Suite — which we might recognize as the ScarletApps, which includes the Scarletmail accounts our professors implore us to check daily — has provided us with some level of trust in Google, but Zuboff begs us to reconsider.

This seems like sound and pragmatic opportunities for PUBLIC CITIZEN and Common Dreams to consider hosting more college press dailies like Rutgers’ DAILY TARGUM. Where else can we get the less bullish bid-net outlook and perspectives of those condemned to DEBT BONDAGE for the crime of seeking a HIGHER EDUCATION given the policy outcomes of our PUBLIC INTEREST SURRENDER of EDUCATION (and so many other sectors of our lives that are too important to NATIONAL SECURITY to leave to the MARKET FORCES of our prevailing bi-partisan bought and sold Pay2Play Duopoly’s reliance on Neo-Liberal E-CONomic doctrines and dogma) to the accelerated and massive wealth concentration fiscal policy outcomes and our PRIVATE INTEREST Wealth Management industries?

Mitch Ritter\Paradigm Sifters, Code Shifters and Song Chasers
Lay-Low Studios, Ore-Wa (Refuge of Atonement Seekers)
Media Discussion List and Looksee

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Alphabet should have all the climate power. I can name a number of climate-related coding projects that they, or somebody else, should be rolling out. Whatever.

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Hi Shanti:
Good for you, GOOGLE workers!

“We the google workers of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union…, establish justice …” so ----you see, union people, we already have a wonderful format to follow for the workers and the public : It’s called the PREAMBLE----and it’s time that YOU, the worker Google people and all the workers of America use these great words to inspire a nation of workers! : )

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I just got locked out of UTUBE----making comments on the live video of Trump rally----I don’t think I used any swear words-

I did say CORPORATE MILITARY POLICE STATE and TRAITOR a few times. We are entering the TECHNO POLICE STATE

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I expect Google will soon follow Elon Musk to Austin, TX.

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THE INTERNET SHOULD BE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
THERE SHOULD BE A PUBLIC UTUBE

STOP THE CORPORATE OVERLORDS!
This statement in unclear to the internet and won’t post

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