Google Employees are still going strong and are not giving up on their demands. Following a sit-in in protest of retaliation last month, the Googlers are making four demands.
“Google appears to have lost its grip, and trust between workers and the company is deeply shaken,” Google organizers Google wrote today. “As the company progresses from crisis to crisis, it is clear that Google’s management is failing, along with human resources. It’s time to put HR on a PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) and bring in someone you trust to oversee it. It’s time to climb. “
The first demand is that Google comply with the rest of the demands of the strike. While Google made some changes after the recall, the company did not address all of the organizers’ demands. For example, Google failed to raise its chief diversity officer to report directly to Pichai and also ignored the organizers’ request to add an employee representative to the board of directors.
Employees also want Alphabet CEO Larry Page to step in and address the demands of the strike.
“Larry controls the Alphabet board and has individual authority to make changes where others do not,” the organizers wrote.
Additionally, the employees are demanding that Google unblock the transfer of Meredith Whittaker and that Claire Stapleton be transferred to a new team. Whittaker, the head of Google’s Open Research and one of the strike organizers, said her role “changed dramatically,” while fellow organizer Claire Stapleton said her manager told her she would be demoted and lose half of your reports.
“We ask Google to unblock the transfer of Meredith, and allow her to continue her work as before, with all funding and support, and allow Claire to transfer to a new team without continued retaliation and interference,” Googlers wrote.
Lastly, they want a transparent and open investigation of human resources and how it handles employee complaints. That’s because they say Google’s HR department is broken.
“Time and again it prioritizes the company and the reputation of the abusers and stalkers over their victims,” they wrote. “Collateral damage is all around us. Time is up. We need third party researchers. Even Uber did this, bringing Eric Holder and Arianna Huffington “.
In the midst of scandals at Uber related to sexual harassment, the company hired an outside team to investigate the company’s culture. That is what the Googlers are now asking for. They want the researchers to have no financial relationship with Google or Alphabet.
I have contacted Google and will update this story if I find out.