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Alpha Global forms to unite Alphabet employees around the world
Alpha Global announced its creation earlier this week to bring together Alphabet employees around the world, including those from the Alphabet Workers Union in the United States. The Verge reported. Alpha Global, which is affiliated with UNI Global Union, aims to develop a common employee strategy, support colleagues and much more.
“A fair alphabet has far-reaching effects on our democracies and societies.” Alpha Global said in a statement. “That is why we are coming together to promote basic human rights for all workers in Alphabet plants, including the right to form or join a union and the right to bargain collectively.”
I should mention that you can learn more about Alphabet Workers Union at Alpha Global at TC Sessions: Justice directly from Parul Koul, the Executive Chair of Alphabet Workers Union. You can Grab your tickets here for just $ 5.
Apple Watch launches a Black Unity collection
In celebration of Black History Month, Apple introduced the Black Unity Collection for the Apple Watch.
something feels like about the watch band, but I can’t quite tell. Maybe it’s the commercialization of black culture.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative launches the Justice Accelerator Fund
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has established a new criminal justice reform group. Recode reported this week.
With $ 350 million for the new Justice Accelerator Fund over the next five years, the organization will focus on the criminal justice advocacy. JAF is led by Ana Zamora, the current director of criminal justice at CZI.
The NLRB receives a new acting General Counsel
Biden has appointed Peter Sung Ohr as the new acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. As Vice’s Lauren Kaori Gurley noted, Ohr’s appointment can do very well for gig workers and workers’ rights in general.
Peter Sung Ohr, the new incumbent General Counsel of @NLRB, gave Instacart workers “OK” in a 2020 union election and wrote a good decision that allowed @uchicagogsu alumni to join union organizations in 2017 Sign for gig workers and graduates student organization for the future
– Lauren Kaori Gurley (@LaurenKGurley) January 26, 2021
ServiceNow launches a racial equity fund
With $ 100 million for the fund, the enterprise software company’s Racial Equity Fund aims to “promote more sustainable wealth creation by funding home ownership, entrepreneurship and neighborhood regeneration in black communities in 10 regions in the US.” according to a press release.
Here is a nugget of how it will work:
The ServiceNow Racial Equity Fund will purchase smaller community loans to increase lending capacity for local banks. By improving access to capital, investing will facilitate home ownership and entrepreneurship in black communities, leading to job creation and broader economic growth. The investment, which is the first of its kind for ServiceNow, will initially focus on investments in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Orlando, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Washington, DC locations where ServiceNow operates has significant operations and community presence.