Adecco’s Google Express Drivers Seek Union Vote

Contract warehouse and shipping workers working for Google Express are petitioning to have the Teamsters Union represent them.

The 140 workers are employed by Adecco in the San Francisco Bay Area to provide same-day and overnight delivery for Google’s shipping service. According to a press release issued by the union, the workers are unhappy Adecco requires them to sign two year employment agreements, and fails to provide them a safe working environment.

An Adecco spokeswoman said the company had yet to see the representation petition, adding that no “complaints or reports on the type of conditions that were cited” have been received.

The unionizing petition is only the latest round in a long-running effort by unions in Silicon Valley to organize the thousands of non-tech contract workers who provide services from preparing and serving meals in company cafeterias, security, and drive the commuter buses provided by firms such as Apple, Google and Facebook.

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Facebook shuttle drivers voted to join the Teamsters last year and reached a contract in February. Apple, eBay and Yahoo drivers have also voted to unionize.

Last fall Google’s contract security guards became employees of the company, after more than years of protests and picketing.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

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