Two weeks after Google laid off about 100 cloud workers, Googlers from across the company delivered a petition Monday demanding the company give the laid-off workers more time to find new jobs within the company and alleging that some workers found out they had lost their jobs from news reports, rather than from their bosses.
The petition claims that engineers, program managers and other support people in Google Cloud roles were given 60 days to try to find new jobs within the company, and that the company has not provided enough information or opportunities for those workers to successfully do that in the two-month window.
"Google has continued to maintain that workers are simply being offered an opportunity to transfer. This ignores the reality that many workers do not qualify for currently available roles and the complexity of the transfer process means that most workers are facing the termination of their livelihood in under two months," the petition's authors, who were members of the Alphabet Workers Union, wrote in a statement. Over 1,400 Google workers had signed the petition as of Monday afternoon.
The petition asks that the company extend the 60-day transfer window to 180 days and that Google create a more transparent process around other jobs within the company that workers could be eligible to take.
Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.