Labor Claims Victory as Facebook Hikes Contractor Wages

Facebook will ensure that employees who work for its contractors — including security guards and food-service workers on its Menlo Park, California campus — will receive an hourly wage of at least $15, the company announced earlier this week. cropped-banner Contractors and vendors who do “a substantial amount of work” with Facebook in the United States will also be expected to provide “minimum 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation, and, for those workers who don’t receive parental leave, a $4,000 new child benefit for new parents,” said Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg in a statement published Tuesday on the company’s website. The statement did not reveal what inspired the change in policy, and Facebook did not respond to a request for comment. But labor organizers who have been working to raise wages in Silicon Valley were quick to claim credit for helping propel the decision. Source: Aljazeera America

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