A former Google employee is accusing the tech company of firing her for notifying her fellow colleagues about their right to organize.
Kathryn Spiers said in a Medium post Tuesday that the Silicon Valley giant terminated her after she created a tool letting her fellow employees know about their rights. Google fired four employees in November for organizing, according to media reports.
“So when I heard that Google had hired a union busting firm and started illegally retaliating against my coworkers, I decided to make sure that my coworkers knew about the posting,” she wrote. (RELATED: Big Labor Is Unionizing Thousands More In Silicon Valley)
Spiers added: “I created a little notification, only a few lines of code, that pops up in the corner of the browser whenever my coworkers visited the union busters’ website or the community guidelines policy.”
The notification read: “Googlers have the right to participate in protected concerted activities.”
Google executive Royal Hansen explained the company’s decision.
The Silicon Valley giant fired four workers in November who were involved in organizing. Google said employees were fired after accessing documents without authorization, but they say these charges are trumped up. The National Labor Relations Board is investigating the matter.
Google and Facebook use subcontractors to fill roles such as cafeteria workers, security guards, maintenance workers and coders. Subcontractors make less money and receive fewer benefits and perks than company staff. The dichotomy has created a working environment ripe for union promises to attract a flood of members.
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