The National Labor Relations Board has accused an IT company working for Google of violating the National Labor Relations Act by failing to bargain in good faith with a freelance contractor whose union campaign it has been fighting.
The independent contractor, an early-adopter Android engineer who goes by the name “Jack,” held a variety of positions at Google, including as an Android software engineer, Android software developer and Android dev developer at Google. He works independently from Google. He runs his own website, which lists a number of Google clients.
After declining to bargain in good faith with Jack about his employment, Google notified Jack’s contract of employment that would allow him to be fired or disciplined should his work not meet Google’s standards, said Marc Scribner, a spokesman for the labor board. Jack told the labor board that he considers his work at Google to be classed as “independent contractor” and that he has not sought collective bargaining.
When Jack’s employer declined to bargain in good faith with him, the NLRB filed an unfair labor practice charge on behalf of Jack, seeking to bar Google from disciplining or firing him.