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‘Welcome to the party’: five past tech whistleblowers on the pitfalls of speaking out

Technology‘Welcome to the party’: five past tech whistleblowers on the pitfalls of speaking outFrances Haugen, the Facebook whistleblower, joined a growing list of Silicon Valley former employees to call out company policies Johana BhuiyanSat 9 Oct 2021 01.00 EDTWhen Frances Haugen revealed she was the Facebook whistleblower who supplied internal documents to Congress and the Wall Street Journal, she joined a growing list of current and former Silicon Valley employees who’ve come forward to call out military contracts, racism, sexism, contributions to climate crisis, pay disparities and more in the industry.California companies can no longer silence workers in victory for tech activistsRead moreIn the past days, the Guardian spoke with five former employees of Amazon, Google, and Pinterest who’ve spoken out about their companies’ policies. The conversations revealed Haugen’s experience has been singular in some respects. Few of them received the international praise bestowed upon her. Some of them said they have faced termination, retaliation, harassment and prolonged litigation.But Haugen is entering a community of whistleblowers that appears tighter than ever, with some working to make it easier for the employees to come forward, through legislation, solidarity funds, and resources.“Welcome to the party, Frances Haugen,” one tweeted.Chelsey GlassonChelsey Glasson left Google in August 2019, alleging pregnancy discrimination and retaliation. She filed a discrimination lawsuit against the company the following year, and her trial is scheduled for 10 January. Years of litigation against a multibillion …

‘A race to the bottom’: Google temps are fighting a two-tier labor system

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Google‘A race to the bottom’: Google temps are fighting a two-tier labor systemContracted workers doing the same jobs for less pay and no job security are exposing the tech company’s workplace inequalities Michael SainatoFri 24 Sep 2021 06.00 EDTLast modified on Fri 24 Sep 2021 06.01 EDTBen Gwin works for Google Shopping in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Though he is technically a temporary worker at the tech giant, Gwin and 65 of his colleagues are now represented by the United Steelworkers union.The group of workers ratified their first union contract in July after two years at the bargaining table with their contractor, HCL America Inc. The contract victory was historic in an industry that has aggressively opposed union drives, especially among temp and contracted employees.Workers have characterized temp positions in the tech industry as a shadow, second-tier workforce who are drastically underpaid compared with direct employees doing the same or similar work and are often lured into the positions with the implication they could eventually be offered a permanent position directly with the company.By seeking to unionize these positions, many of these workers are hoping to improve their circumstances.“It’s a race to the bottom,” said Gwin. “That was one of the union-busting talking points. They claimed, ‘if you negotiate for better pay, someone else is going to come in and take this contract and pay less fees.’”Gwin said he and his co-workers all work in various capacities for Google Shopping, alongside workers directly …

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Google workers demand back pay for temps company underpaid for years

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Google Google workers demand back pay for temps company underpaid for years More than 140 workers sign petition decrying ‘massive moral failing’ following Guardian revelations Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco @juliacarriew Wed 15 Sep 2021 16.45 EDT Last modified on Wed 15 Sep 2021 18.05 EDT Google employees and subcontracted workers are demanding that […]

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Revealed: Google illegally underpaid thousands of workers across dozens of countries

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Google Revealed: Google illegally underpaid thousands of workers across dozens of countries Documents show company dragged feet to correct disparity after learning it was failing to comply with laws in UK, Europe and Asia Julia Carrie Wong @juliacarriew Fri 10 Sep 2021 13.13 EDT Last modified on Fri 10 Sep 2021 13.49 EDT Google has […]

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Big tech’s big week raises fears of ‘Blade Runner future’ of mega-company rule

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Technology Big tech’s big week raises fears of ‘Blade Runner future’ of mega-company rule Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft all reported record-breaking profits amid a pandemic bonanza but recent Biden administration moves suggest US tech’s easy ride is over Dominic Rushe in New York @dominicru Sun 1 Aug 2021 03.00 EDT Big tech provided the […]

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