Google contract workers vote to form a union amid employee discord over treatment

White-collar workers join with United Steelworkers for collective bargaining rights.

A group of contract workers for Google have voted to move forward with an effort to unionize, a potential chink in tech’s carefully constructed armor against collective bargaining.

The workers, about 90 in all, analyze data and perform other technical roles for Google at its office in Pittsburgh. They are employed by HCL America, one of many contracting agencies Google relies on.

According to the United Steelworkers union, which helped the organization drive, about two-thirds of the workers voted in favor of forming a union and they have petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to review the results and authorize a formal unionization vote.