It’s no secret that Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg is a full-on liberal and supporter of open border policies.
So it’s not surprising that the billionaire is putting his money where his mouth is and has informed his employees that they will receive no penalty for taking time off on May 1 to protest President Trump’s immigration policies.
As for the vendors who do contract work on the company’s campus, they have been informed that investigations will ensue if any business tries to crack down on its workers from attending the planned protests on International Workers Day.
According to Bloomberg:
“At Facebook, we’re committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where employees feel comfortable expressing their opinions and speaking up,” a spokesman wrote in an emailed statement. “We support our people in recognizing International Workers’ Day and other efforts to raise awareness for safe and equitable employment conditions.”
Facebook notified employees of its policy in a posting on an internal forum April 14. A spokesman said it applies regardless of whether workers notify the company ahead of time. The Menlo Park, California, company also said it would re-evaluate its ties to any vendor if it breaks the law that protects workers’ rights to organize and protect themselves.
“It’s important not just to the engineers and H-1B holders that are traditionally thought of as the immigrants in tech but also to folks who are subcontracted but work side-by-side on those campuses,” said Derecka Mehrens, co-founder of Silicon Valley Rising, a union-backed coalition. “Immigrants play a critical role in the tech sector — both as engineers and coders but also in keeping tech campuses running smoothly.”
One wonders if Zuckerberg would have sent out a similar statement for workers who had planned to take off time for Tea Party or pro-Trump rallies held in the past. I’m guessing that would be a big no-no, but hypocrisy doesn’t seem to be a trait that liberals fully grasp.