Facebook Pushes For Higher Wages: Requires Janitors and Cooks To Be Paid $15 an Hour

Facebook announced this week that it has begun pushing minimum wage and benefits for many of its U.S. contractors and vendors — janitors and cooks — who may not have glamorous roles coding and building drones, but nonetheless help keep the company running.

The changes, which Facebook's vendors started implementing on May 1, include a $15 minimum wage, 15 paid days off and a $4,000 payout to new parents who don't receive paid maternity or paternity leave.

"Taking these steps is the right thing to do for our business and our community," Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, said in a statement.

The move makes Facebook the latest in a recent wave of technology giants who are taking steps to ease the uproar over mounting wealth inequality in Silicon Valley, where engineers typically earn six or seven-figure salaries and the contractors who drive, feed and guard them struggle to pull in a living wage. These contractors are not necessarily employed by companies like Facebook, but rather by vendors who service these companies.

Earlier this year, Microsoft ordered its vendors to provide a similar boost in benefits to the thousands of contractors who work with Microsoft. Around the same time, Google hiked wages for its shuttle bus contractors.

Facebook's announcement did not spell out the total number or types of positions that will receive the added benefits. The Wall Street Journal reports that it will apply to contractors who work in security, food services and janitorial roles.

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