On Thursday, hundreds of employees of Oracle walked out of work to protest the company’s chairman Larry Ellison’s hosting of a Trump fundraiser.
Oracle Corporation is a multinational computer technology corporation that is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California.
Employees named their protest No Ethics/No Work. The walkout included an estimated 300 employees who either walked out of the office or stopped their remote work at noon on Thursday. Those who waked out then dedicated their time to doing volunteer work or civic engagements.
Moments after it became public that Ellison was holding a fundraiser for Trump a petition was started on Change.org. By the time employees held the walkout the petition had gathered over 8,000 signatures.
“For me, opposition to Trump is no longer a matter of political viewpoint, of disagreeing with his mostly awful policies,” an Oracle developer posted to Twitter on Wednesday. “It is a matter of whether you believe in the rule of law.”
The organizers of the petition have asked that Ellison give money to humanitarian causes, diversify the company board, and publicly denounce the Trump administration.
Approximately 300 employees with the Oracle Corporation computer software company walked off the job yesterday in an act of protest against founder & Executive Chairman Larry Ellison as a result of his decision to hold a fundraiser for Donald Trump the night before.
— Emmyjo (@Road_trippn) February 21, 2020
“We are disappointed that Oracle Founder and CTO Larry Ellison’s support of Donald Trump does not affirm Oracle’s core values of diversity, inclusiveness, and ethical business conduct,” the petition’s page reads. The petition goes on to argue that Ellison’s support hurts the Oracle brand.
“Larry Ellison’s personal implicit endorsement and financial support of Donald Trump not only damages our brand perception and misrepresents the diverse views of our company, but it adversely affects the morale of the individuals and communities who comprise Oracle,” the statement read.
In order to avoid retribution for their action’s employees used personal and vacation time.