The union alleges that Apple has violated labor laws and made a fair election impossible. A vote was scheduled for next week. If successful, it would have been the first unionized Apple store in the United States.
A task force is exploring how to boost union organizing and clout. Talks have included leveraging federal purchasing to steer agency contracts to companies with unionized labor or that otherwise promote workers’ rights.
The Alphabet Workers Union said YouTube’s response to the insurrection was “lackluster” and inadequate. In a statement, the group said Google was not enforcing its own policies, while the platform was being used to “spread hatred and extremism.”
The union's formation comes after years of rising employee tensions at Google over the company's practices, including its work with the defense sector, plans for a censored search engine in China, and handling of sexual misconduct claims.