Google Fires Anti-Genocide Protestor – Rite Aid Reverses Severance Checks – Yellowstone Invests in Housing for Rangers

No Tech for Apartheid activists at protestors (WAFA)


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Google Fires Anti-Genocide Protestor 

Earlier this week, a Google Cloud employee interrupted a speech in New York City from Google Israel’s director.

“I refuse to build technology that powers genocide!” he yelled, referring to Google’s Project Nimbus contract. Now, Google has fired this employee. The group “No Tech for Apartheid” has denounced the firing. 

“This is the first immediate firing of a worker after a public, brave act of employee dissent against Project Nimbus, Google and Amazon’s shared $1.2 billion contract with the Israeli military and government,” said the group “No Tech for Apartheid,” in a statement. “Google’s aims are clear: The corporation is trying to silence workers to hide their moral failings. Google is enabling the world’s first AI-powered genocide through Project Nimbus”. 

For more, check out No Tech for Apartheid.

Rite Aid Reverses Two-Week Severance 

As part of bankruptcy, Rite Aid is closing stores and laying off hundreds of workers around the US. This week, several workers were shocked when they received notices from their banks that their severances had been reversed. From WHTM: 

“Six o’clock in the morning, I check, it’s in the bank,” said one employee, who was laid off early this year and asked not to be identified. “And I asked my son, ‘Would you like to go out to breakfast?’ And we go out to breakfast on the way to school.”

The employee returned home, and their spouse told them the Rite Aid payment was now “pending reversal.”

“And as of 7 p.m., my bank account is now negative because I took my son to breakfast, because we live paycheck to paycheck,” the employee said. “Unfortunately, right now it’s hard to save up money. So we’re kind of stuck right now.”

For more, check out WHTM. 

$40 Million Provided for Housing at Yellowstone 

In 2022, Payday traveled to Yellowstone, where many tour guides and park rangers can no longer afford the average monthly rent of $1,675. Now, Yellowstone has announced that it will invest $40 million in creating affordable housing for park employees. 

“I can count at least five critical positions where we’ve tried to recruit, but we got turned down by the applicant because of a lack of housing,” said Yellowstone Park superintendent Cam Sholly. 

For more, check out NPR. 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]