Press Release

Alphabet Workers Union Members Oppose Unnecessary Layoffs



January 12, 2024 1:00 PM

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“On Wednesday night, over a thousand Google workers were shocked to learn via email that they were being laid off. These firings are coming less than a year after Alphabet laid off 12,000 of our coworkers in 2023, and the terms of severance have only gotten worse. These layoffs are unnecessary and counterproductive. Alphabet says it is doing layoffs in the interest of efficiency, but we know the truth, because we see the real impacts. The layoffs introduce chaos and instability into the workplace and force workers to make do with less. The real reason for them is simple: corporate greed. In the last year, the company earned tens of billions in profit, held over $100 billion in cash reserves, and raised its stock by 40 percent. Executive pay has gone untouched, all while thousands of our coworkers have had their lives turned upside down and those that remain on the job work in constant anxiety that they will be next.

The only way to keep these layoffs from happening every January is if we as Google workers act together and build the power to stop them.” —Parul Koul, Google software engineer and President of the Alphabet Workers Union-CWA


Alphabet Workers Union - CWA unites full-time employees, temporary employees, vendors, and contractors at Google and other Alphabet companies in the United States and Canada in collective action to ensure that our workplace is equitable and that Alphabet acts ethically. We are members of Communications Workers of America Local 9009 and currently represent over 1,400 workers across Alphabet. Learn more at or follow us at @AlphabetWorkers.