Tech's First Labor Union

On Monday, January 4th, 2021, a group of Google workers announced the formation of the Alphabet Workers Union, after years of unofficial activism. We sat down with Jess Kutch, co-founder and co-executive director of, to understand why this is considered a historic moment for the tech industry and the labor movement.

Since its launch in 2013, has catalyzed the growth of global, independent employee networks resulting in success stories such as paid parental leave benefits at Netflix, scheduling reform at Starbucks, as well as wage increases at a Southern US restaurant chain. With more than 15 years’ experience innovating at the intersection of technology and social change, she helps build platforms and digital campaigns to shift power and win change.


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