July 31, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Warehouse workers at Google Express, the company’s online-shopping and delivery service, will vote on whether to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the union announced July 27. The about 140 workers are currently hired through the Adecco temp agency, and make $13 to $17 an hour with no benefits.
"Workers are required to sign short-term employment agreements with Adecco that limit them to two years before the company lets them go," Teamsters Local 853 said in a statement. "Workers have also alleged subjection to constant harassment to work faster in poor conditions that include damaged equipment, cracked floors, and failing electrical systems that have resulted in fires." “The majority of us work two or three jobs just to make ends meet,” said worker Gabriel Cardenas. “I am standing with my coworkers and community because I believe change for this invisible workforce is possible." Read more