Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Google Fires More Workers Who Protested Its Deal With Israel
gvw_ap_news
By Associated Press
Published 4 weeks ago on
April 23, 2024

Google fired at least 20 more workers in the aftermath of protests over technology the company is supplying the Israeli government amid the Gaza war, bringing the total number of terminated staff to more than 50 according to No Tech For Apartheid. (AP/Seth Wenig)

Share

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

Google fired at least 20 more workers in the aftermath of protests over technology the company is supplying the Israeli government amid the Gaza war, bringing the total number of terminated staff to more than 50, a group representing the workers said.

Internal Turmoil Over Project Nimbus

It’s the latest sign of internal turmoil at the tech giant centered on “Project Nimbus,” a $1.2 billion contract signed in 2021 for Google and Amazon to provide the Israeli government with cloud computing and artificial intelligence services.

Workers held sit-in protests last week at Google offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California. The company responded by calling the police, who made arrests.

Protest and Termination

The group organizing the protests, No Tech For Apartheid, said the company fired 30 workers last week — higher than the initial 28 they had announced.

Then, on Tuesday night, Google fired “over 20” more staffers, “including non-participating bystanders during last week’s protests,” said Jane Chung, a spokeswoman for No Tech For Apartheid, without providing a more specific number.

“Google’s aims are clear: the corporation is attempting to quash dissent, silence its workers, and reassert its power over them,” Chung said in a press release. “In its attempts to do so, Google has decided to unceremoniously, and without due process, upend the livelihoods of over 50 of its own workers.”

Google’s Response

Google said it fired the additional workers after its investigation gathered details from coworkers who were “physically disrupted” and it identified employees who used masks and didn’t carry their staff badges to hide their identities. It didn’t specify how many were fired.

The company disputed the group’s claims, saying that it carefully confirmed that “every single one of those whose employment was terminated was personally and definitively involved in disruptive activity inside our buildings.”

The Mountain View, California, company had previously signaled that more people could be fired, with CEO Sundar Pichai indicating in a blog post that employees would be on a short leash as the company intensifies its efforts to improve its AI technology.

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Sued Over Alleged 2003 Sexual Assault

DON'T MISS

Petrochemical Company Fined $30M for 2019 Houston Explosions

DON'T MISS

Fresno Has Big Plans for Chukchansi Park Lot. Do They Even Own It?

DON'T MISS

Fresno State Football Welcomes Six Transfers to the Roster

DON'T MISS

California Health Sciences University Celebrates Inaugural Doctors Graduation Ceremony

DON'T MISS

The Rumble in the Valley: Old Town Clovis Motorama

DON'T MISS

Use Your Library Card for Free Admission to Millerton Lake. For a Few More Weeks, Anyway.

DON'T MISS

A Radical Lesson From El Salvador to Solve Fresno Housing & Homeless Crisis

DON'T MISS

US Open Champ Coco Gauff Urges Young Americans to Vote: ‘Use the Power That We Have’

DON'T MISS

Graceland Not for Sale, Elvis Presley’s Granddaughter Riley Keough Affirms in Lawsuit

UP NEXT

Petrochemical Company Fined $30M for 2019 Houston Explosions

UP NEXT

Fresno Has Big Plans for Chukchansi Park Lot. Do They Even Own It?

UP NEXT

Fresno State Football Welcomes Six Transfers to the Roster

UP NEXT

California Health Sciences University Celebrates Inaugural Doctors Graduation Ceremony

UP NEXT

Use Your Library Card for Free Admission to Millerton Lake. For a Few More Weeks, Anyway.

UP NEXT

A Radical Lesson From El Salvador to Solve Fresno Housing & Homeless Crisis

UP NEXT

US Open Champ Coco Gauff Urges Young Americans to Vote: ‘Use the Power That We Have’

UP NEXT

Graceland Not for Sale, Elvis Presley’s Granddaughter Riley Keough Affirms in Lawsuit

UP NEXT

UN Halts Food Distribution in Rafah Due to Supply Shortage

UP NEXT

Ricky Stenhouse Faces Suspension for Punching Kyle Busch After All-Star Race

Fresno State Football Welcomes Six Transfers to the Roster

10 hours ago

California Health Sciences University Celebrates Inaugural Doctors Graduation Ceremony

11 hours ago

The Rumble in the Valley: Old Town Clovis Motorama

11 hours ago

Use Your Library Card for Free Admission to Millerton Lake. For a Few More Weeks, Anyway.

13 hours ago

A Radical Lesson From El Salvador to Solve Fresno Housing & Homeless Crisis

14 hours ago

US Open Champ Coco Gauff Urges Young Americans to Vote: ‘Use the Power That We Have’

14 hours ago

Graceland Not for Sale, Elvis Presley’s Granddaughter Riley Keough Affirms in Lawsuit

15 hours ago

UN Halts Food Distribution in Rafah Due to Supply Shortage

15 hours ago

Ricky Stenhouse Faces Suspension for Punching Kyle Busch After All-Star Race

15 hours ago

Scarlett Johansson Says ChatGPT Voice Is ‘Eerily Similar’; OpenAI Halts Its Use

15 hours ago

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Sued Over Alleged 2003 Sexual Assault

NEW YORK — A former model accused Sean “Diddy” Combs of sexually assaulting her at his New York City recording studio in 2003 in a lawsuit f...

6 hours ago

6 hours ago

Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Sued Over Alleged 2003 Sexual Assault

8 hours ago

Petrochemical Company Fined $30M for 2019 Houston Explosions

9 hours ago

Fresno Has Big Plans for Chukchansi Park Lot. Do They Even Own It?

10 hours ago

Fresno State Football Welcomes Six Transfers to the Roster

11 hours ago

California Health Sciences University Celebrates Inaugural Doctors Graduation Ceremony

Classic Chevelle Old Town Motorama 24 Clovis California
11 hours ago

The Rumble in the Valley: Old Town Clovis Motorama

13 hours ago

Use Your Library Card for Free Admission to Millerton Lake. For a Few More Weeks, Anyway.

Conversations on a Bench — Fresno
14 hours ago

A Radical Lesson From El Salvador to Solve Fresno Housing & Homeless Crisis

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend