Google union calls on company to grant contractors abortion-related health benefits

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The Google logo is seen on one of the ceremonial shovels that sit outside the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center on June 24. The company’s unionized workers demanded it this week to extend abortion-related benefits to all employees. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License picture

August 18 (UPI) — A petition calling on Google to extend abortion-related health benefits to its contractors and protect user privacy has been signed by more than 650 employees, its union said.

After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down abortion protections in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, Google’s Fiona Cicconi informed employees that their health insurance would cover out-of-state medical procedures.

The benefits, however, did not cover temporary workers, vendors or contract employees, who make up about half of Google’s workforce.

Alphabet Workers Union petition calls on Google to extend abortion-related health benefits to all employees, regardless of classification, and end funding for politicians who have played a role in supporting Supreme Court justices who struck down abortion protections and protections for Google users who request abortions.

The petition said protections should include preventing law enforcement from accessing abortion information and preventing misleading ads that direct users to anti-abortion “pregnancy crisis centers.” abortion when searching for abortions.

“Google has the money and the resources to ensure that all of its employees, contracted or not, have access to abortion,” Alejandra Beatty, AWU Southwest Chapter leader, said in a statement. communicated.

“They emailed us immediately after the ruling to affirm their support for abortion of their full-time employees, but did not explain how contract workers, who tend to have more marginalized identities, would be supported in exercising their right to choose. Google can and should do better.”

The petition came to light after Facebook allowed law enforcement to access private messages between a mother and her daughter about an abortion that led to felony charges in Nebraska.

“Every day, across the country, police have access to private messages between people on Facebook, Instagram, any social media or messaging service you can think of,” said Andrew Crocker, a senior attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, according to National Public Radio.

“A lot of people are realizing this because of the expansive nature of how we expect abortion investigations to play out. And it’s going to touch the lives of a lot more people in ways that which they may not have thought of in the past.”

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