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Some Oracle Employees Stop Work in Protest of Larry Ellison’s Politics

  • Chairman’s fundraiser for Trump re-election sparked anger
  • Activism more muted than at tech companies like Google
Larry Ellison
Larry EllisonPhotographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

While a wave of employee activism marked by walk-outs and protests has rippled through Silicon Valley the past few years, Oracle Corp. glided along unscathed.

Now, a symbol of tech’s old guard is facing the stirrings of a worker uprising as well. People left their desks Thursday at Oracle offices around the world to protest Chairman Larry Ellison’s fundraiser a day earlier for President Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the matter. The protest, called No Ethics/No Work, involved about 300 employees walking out of their offices or stopping work at remote locations at noon local time and devoting the rest of the day to volunteering or civic engagement, said one of the people, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution.