Labor agency alleges Google illegally fired two workers who tried to organize

The company fired four employees last year in the wake of protests, but the NLRB only took up two of their cases. One of the said workers, Kathryn Spiers, added a pop-up notification to an internal version of Chrome that reminded her colleagues about their right to organize. At the time, Google said it “dismissed an employee who abused privileged access to modify an internal security tool.”

The other former Google employee named in the complaint, Laurence Berland, was fired after viewing his co-workers’ calendars. Google said it let Berland go over data security violations. Berland was involved in organizing against Google’s partnership with an anti-union consulting firm. If Google decides not to settle the complaint, the case will go before an administrative judge.

Google has faced other accusations of retaliating against employees who have organized protests and reported workplace issues. Workers have demonstrated over the company’s handling of sexual

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Contractor on failed high-speed internet project violated customers’ privacy, City of Morden alleges



a close up of a person using a laptop computer: A contractor is suing the City of Morden over the failed Morenet project to provide high-speed internet to residents. In a countersuit, the city alleges he breached his agreement by 'conducting unauthorized surveillance and monitoring of internet traffic through Morenet,' and violated the privacy of customers.


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A contractor is suing the City of Morden over the failed Morenet project to provide high-speed internet to residents. In a countersuit, the city alleges he breached his agreement by ‘conducting unauthorized surveillance and monitoring of internet traffic through Morenet,’ and violated the privacy of customers.

A contractor hired to develop high-speed internet service for a southern Manitoba community violated customers’ privacy by installing “unauthorized surveillance and monitoring software,” the City of Morden alleges in court documents.

The allegation is made in a counterclaim filed by the city in October, in response to a lawsuit by Sergii Polishchuk and a former Morden city engineer over the cancelled Morenet project.

The counterclaim alleges Polishchuk not only failed to develop the internet service, but also carried out inappropriate surveillance activities under both the Morenet agreement and a separate agreement he had to provide IT services to the city.

Polishchuk, with

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