Yesterday, over 150 working people, labor representatives, and community advocates gathered at Meta’s main campus with a singular goal: demanding the protection of service workers’ livelihoods and their freedom to join unions.
Meta must address unfair labor practices by third-party contractors and commit to responsible contracting that supports workers’ right to organize.
Seven years ago, we stood in the same place, urging the tech industry to recognize the essential role of those working behind the scenes – from cafeteria cooks to office cleaners and shuttle drivers. Their organizing efforts resulted in significant improvements, including higher wages and access to health insurance.
Through powerful organizing, workers secured higher wages, health insurance, and job dignity. During the Covid-19 pandemic, they fought for and won a commitment from Facebook to maintain pay and benefits for service workers during office closures. However, as we face new pandemic challenges, Meta’s commitment is being put to the test. Janitors and shuttle bus drivers at Facebook are now experiencing job cuts, while Canon Business Process Services, a third-party contractor, refuses to acknowledge workers’ union and engages in unfair labor practices.
We’re calling for accountability.
Sal, a former mailroom worker at Facebook employed by Canon Business Process Services, shared his experience: “I am a former employee of Canon. I had to leave because it got really bad. Unfortunately, my wife is still with the company. Facebook is a huge company, they have a really big footprint, they should put some more pressure on their vendors to treat their employees with dignity and respect.”
Regardless of our occupations, we all deserve fair compensation and the right to unite for a collective voice at work. Facebook must step up and support the workers who have kept the corporation running smoothly. Yesterday’s powerful gathering at Meta’s main campus exemplified workers’ collective determination to protect their rights and livelihoods. Meta has the chance to lead by example, ensuring its contractors treat employees with dignity and respect. Embracing responsible contracting and supporting workers’ rights will demonstrate Meta’s commitment to its workforce’s welfare and social responsibility. It’s time for Facebook (Meta) to listen to its workers and take a stand for their well-being and the future of the tech industry.