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Kathryn Spiers
I was fired last week by Google for organizing. All I did was make a popup to share the labor notice Google has to share with its workers. 3 hours later mgmt came to my desk, took my phone/laptop, escorted me away. I never got to say goodbye. My story:
My name is Kathryn Spiers. I was at Google for just under 2 years. I worked on the Platform Security team, focusing on Chrome’s use within…
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Kathryn Spiers Dec 17
Replying to @eiais
In 6th grade I read a book about how Larry & Sergey created Google. I knew it was where I wanted to work one day. I dropped out at 16, by 19 I became (I think!) the youngest security engineer ever hired. I care deeply about Google users, I loved writing code to keep them safe.
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Kathryn Spiers Dec 17
Replying to @eiais
This month should've been a big one for me: I was promoted by Google about a month ago and was hoping to celebrate over the holidays. My performance was judged to be "superb," in the top 2% of Google workers. Instead, I got fired. I'm spending the holidays looking for jobs.
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Kathryn Spiers Dec 17
Replying to @eiais
Hours after pushing the notification live they took my devices & put me on administrative leave. They then ‘investigated me’ and on Friday, after three weeks on admin leave, fired me for a policy they couldn’t explain. Here's pic of the popup.
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Kathryn Spiers Dec 17
Replying to @eiais
I was involved with past organizing at Google. This includes protesting Google developing drones for the military and speaking out against Google’s work for CBP —tech is not amoral.
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Kathryn Spiers Dec 17
Replying to @eiais
As tech workers we must take responsibility over the products we build. We cannot let upper management dictate how we use our labor. Google would be a far better firm—smarter and more ethical—if workers had more control over what they create. That's what I was fighting for.
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Kathryn Spiers Dec 17
Replying to @CWAUnion @NLRB
And I don’t plan to stop fighting. With help from my lawyer filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge yesterday to the . Here it is.
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Kathryn Spiers Dec 17
Replying to @eiais
Google claims to value transparency. It's billed itself as a moral, open company since the beginning, but recent actions have eroded this culture. When this was pointed out to management, it doubled down and retaliated against organizers.
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Brady Bellis Dec 17
Replying to @eiais @Mark_DMcKinney
Everybody talks about how people died for our right to vote, but a lot of people also died for our right to be in a Union too. Yet somehow we seem to have ceded much of that right without a real struggle. And then we bemoan wealth inequality.
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John B 🐓🥃🍺👨🏻‍🍳 Dec 17
Hell. People died to get the 5 day work week, 8 hr day, COFFEE BREAKS for f**k sake!Anyone who has ever been paid time & a half for overtime can thank unions. Anyone who’s worked it at straight pay has been robbed (it’s called wage theft). The Labour Code only works if protected
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△⃒⃘ Dec 17
Replying to @eiais
you should have read the documents you signed when you were hired
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Martin Cracauer Dec 17
Replying to @ItsPaoloni @eiais
I did read those same documents. They didn't mention that you get fired for exercising rights granted by federal law.
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