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Former Hewlett-Packard Employees Speak Out Against Carly Fiorina

Kristen Villarreal |
October 12, 2010 | 1:32 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Carly Fiorina (Creative Commons)
Carly Fiorina (Creative Commons)
Two Hewlett-Packard employees who were laid off during Carly Fiorina’s tenure as CEO spoke at a news conference Tuesday morning to share their experiences, and many of the 30,000 workers laid off attended the conference to address Fiorina’s outsourcing of jobs overseas. 

The conference was hosted by the Brave New Foundation, a grassroots organization focused on social justice. In addition to the experiences of the two featured workers, a video highlighting the experiences of another five workers laid off during Fiorina’s tenure was broadcast at the news conference.  

"Fiorina is a Jobs Killer," an online short film made by Brave New Films, was displayed on flat screen televisions at the beginning of the press event. 

The Hewlett-Packard employees spoke about the personal toll that outsourcing took on their lives and how it left some people struggling to this day.

Representatives from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor also attended the conference and spoke about the high unemployment rate California is facing, the impact of outsourcing on voters, and the need for good jobs to be created and to stay in the state of California.

Fiorina released a Web ad today defending her controversial tenure as CEO of HP. The goal of the ad is to push back against the charges made by her opponent, Boxer, and other critics. Fiorina's new ad features several former HP employees defending her and hyping her leadership skills. 

Former HP employees have created competing websites, one condemning Fiorina and one endorsing her.




Cynthia Balderas contributed to this report. 

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