Google can’t cloak documents showing an ‘antiunion campaign,’ NLRB judge rules

Google can’t cloak documents showing an ‘antiunion campaign,’ NLRB judge rules


Judge rules Google has to turn over 180 documents in an NLRB case | Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

A judge appointed by the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Google must turn over some 180 documents related to an internal campaign to fight union organizing efforts by employees. Dubbed Project Vivian, a Google attorney described the ongoing effort between 2018 and 2020 as a way to “engage employees more positively and convince them that unions suck,” according to one of the documents.

The documents are part of a case the NLRB brought against Google in December 2020, which alleged the internet giant violated US labor law by spying on and firing employees who were organizing protests and trying to unionize. Former Google employee Laurence Berland, fired in 2019, was organizing against the company’s hiring of IRI Consultants,…

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