On social media, Alphabet Workers Union (AWU) recently shared plans to host a protest this coming Thursday at 4:30 p.m. EST in New York City. The protest is in regards to Google’s recent layoffs which left 12,000 employees without work. According to AWU, “the ‘economy’ is not why 12,000 of our coworkers lost their jobs.”
Additional information in the image accompanying the tweet outlines that the Alphabet Workers Union Rally will take place at the Google Store and 9th Ave Lobby at 76 9th Ave, New York. In replies to the initial tweet, AWU goes on to point out that, “Google execs chose stock buybacks over their workers—even after making $17B in Q3 profits thanks to the efforts of their workers. We’re organizing to make sure layoffs like these never happen again.”
This Thursday at 4:30PM EST we'll be hosting a rally alongside our fellow members and other Google workers in New York City.— Alphabet Workers Union (AWU-CWA) (@AlphabetWorkers) January 30, 2023
The "economy" is not why 12,000 of our coworkers lost their jobs.
Join us Thursday for a rally against #GoogleGreed pic.twitter.com/B57y1iLU0a
The rally protesting layoffs comes a little over a week after Google CEO Sundar Pichai shared details about the company’s latest batch of layoffs in a public email on January 20. According to this email announcement, Google plans to eliminate an estimated 12,000 positions with the reason cited being that the company is reportedly facing issues including hiring “for a different economic reality than the one we face today.”
As pointed out by AWU, the company’s $17B in Q3 profits comes in direct opposition to statements like this, with many finding the actions Google is taking layoffs wise to be woefully unnecessary. For more on this, be sure to read through our previous coverage of Google cutting 12,000 jobs amid a wave of ongoing tech industry layoffs, and other news including the DOJ filing its second antitrust lawsuit against Google, this time targeting its ad business.
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As pointed out by AWU, the company’s $17B in Q3 profits comes in direct opposition to statements like this, with many finding the actions Google is taking layoffs wise to be woefully unnecessary.
yeah uhhhhhhhhhhhh wow. anything to have the stock go up as fast as possible, or down as little as possible... even when the balance sheets say it's a FUCKING INCREDIBLE PROFIT MACHINE
I saw this article. It really seems like it was completely indiscriminate.
More like cutting costs. A global director gets paid well.
Best part: employees outside the USA still have literally no idea if they are laid off.