YouTubers Union has big demands. Google won't negotiate

CNET | 8/23/2019 | Joan E. Solsman
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After a year and a half of waiting, the YouTubers Union demanded YouTube respond to its complaints by Friday or one of the world's biggest traditional labor unions would take the video site and parent company Google to court. Hours before the deadline, Google answered: The company will meet, but it won't negotiate.

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"We explained to the union in great detail what YouTube is doing in terms of transparency and support for YouTubers. But we have also made clear that we are not going to negotiate their demands," a YouTube representative said.

According to the unions, the company invited them to meet at Google's Berlin office to "discuss some fundamental questions about the future of work." Jörg Sprave, the founder of and spokesman for the YouTube Union, said the unions will accept the invitation.

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"We did not ask them to bow to our demands within the deadline, we just asked them to enter into talks with us. They did that, so we are very happy with our campaign success so far. But of course there is plenty of work ahead of us," Sprave said in an email. "The clock is paused, not stopped."

Last month, the YouTubers Union has joined forces with one of the biggest traditional labor unions in the world to...
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