Silicon Valley Rising

Google: Respect Tech's Immigrant Workers

Update: Google has committed to not retaliate against workers who protest or walk out on May Day, and asked its subcontractors to do the same!

In recent weeks, we have watched President Trump attack who we are — a nation that welcomes immigrants and aspires to treat people equally regardless of creed, color, background or birthplace. Millions of immigrants serve our country every day as housekeepers, servers, janitors, cooks and dishwashers.

Google, one of the largest, most profitable technology companies in the world — and a company with thousands of cafeteria workers, janitors, security officers, shuttle drivers, groundskeepers, and other service workers in its offices around the country — has spoken out against these attacks.

Now, many organizations have called for May 1, 2017 to be a day of action: a day with no work, no school, and no purchasing.

Google should honor the wishes of any workers who want to participate in those actions. In particular, service workers, many of whom work for subcontractors, may wish to participate in demonstrations or walkouts on that day.

We call on Google not to discipline those workers who participate, and we also call on them to hold their food service, janitorial, security, and other contractors to the same standard.


Alliance for Citizenship
Black and Brown Workers Collective
California Institute for Rural Studies
CASA of Maryland
Center for Community Change
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC)
Culinary Union, UNITE HERE
Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM)
Food Chain Workers Alliance
Franciscan Action Network
HANA Center
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
International Labor Rights Forum
Jobs With Justice
Junta for Progressive Action, Inc.
Korean Resource Center
La Union del Pueblo Entero
Latinos United for a New America (LUNA)
League of United Latin American Citizens
Make the Road New York
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA)
May Day Coalition
Monterey Bay Central Labor Council
Movimiento Cosecha
National Immigration Law Center
National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
National Partnership for New Americans
Office of Social Ministries, Diocese of San Jose
One Billion Rising and V-Day
People’s Action
Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada
Promise Arizona
Rural Community Worker Alliance
SEIU-United Service Workers West
Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN)
South Bay Labor Council
Tech Workers Coalition
Tompkins County (NY) Workers’ Center
UNITE HERE Local 2850
Workers’ Center of Central New York
Working Partnerships USA
Young Workers United