Sunday, January 23, 2022

Documents show Google operated a secret management program to prevent employees from being organized

An administrative law judge ruled on January 7 that Google must submit a series of documents related to a secret management program to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to prevent employees from organizing and engaging in workplace activism. was established for.

The Google logo displayed at their offices in Granary Square in London [Credit: AP Photo/Alastair Grant]

Judge Paul Bogas was appointed by the NLRB as a special master to review documents related to a program called Project Vivian, which was run between late 2018 and early 2020 by senior executives at the giant tech company .

The document is exclusively from Google as well as its parent company Alphabet, Inc. and IRI Consultants, a company known for its anti-corporate union strategies. The campaign by Google management was a response to activist protests and organized efforts that began in 2018.

Judge Bogas’ ruling states that Google cannot use attorney-client privilege as a means to conceal documents submitted by the NLRB in a case filed by the agency in December 2020. The case involved illegal firing and surveillance of the employees involved. In campaigns to change company policies and in efforts to organize other employees.

In his ruling, the judge called Google’s attempt to block the release of 180 documents a “widespread claim” that “gives it, altruistically, an overreach”. In all, Bogas has ordered Silicon Valley Tech Corporation to turn over more than 1,500 documents linked to its communications with IRI Consultants and that Google had logged in as “privileged.”

The judge said that Google’s argument that it has the authority to withdraw these documents was not persuasive because the relationship with IRI Consultants involved communications and messages and was not legal advice.

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