Over 2000 Google employees participated in a walk out to protest President Trump’s unconstitutional refugee ban this week. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai and co-founder Sergey Brin did not punish employees. Instead, they voiced their support for the protest.
“Proud moved, and touched to be at a company that boldly stands for its people,” Sam Tse, a Google employee, tweeted. #GooglersUnited is a trending hashtag.
It’s easy to understand why the head of Google doesn’t hesitate to support the movement; Brin’s family escaped the former Soviet Union when he was a mere child. Trump’s direction aims to disgrace Silicon Valley’s core concepts of globalism and openness, values that nearly embraced by all employees. Silicon Valley companies success relies on the intellectual capabilities of their employees. Thus workers can use their leverage to force employers to respond, especially to threats to their values issued by the president.
The power of employees is nothing to underestimate, just yesterday Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was forced to step down from Trump’s economic advisory council. “There are many ways we will continue to advocate for just change on immigration, but staying on the council was going to get in the way of that,” Kalanick addressed employees in an email. His decision was influenced the #DeleteUber hashtag when viral and began trending referring to the company’s response to Trump’s unconstitutional Muslim ban. However, the New York Times revealed that the real influence was from furious employees caused by Kalanick’s council membership appeared to be a company endorsement instead of the Administration. The hashtag gained so much support due to Uber continuing service while New York taxies were protesting Trump’s ban by not transporting people, flooding airports.
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