Facebook (FB.O) raised the salaries of its employees under contract, such as janitors and cafeteria employees at least $ 15 an hour amid rising tensions in the wage gap between the elite of the technology sector and low-wage workers.
Contractors also receive a minimum of 15 days paid vacation days and a new child support in the amount of $ 4,000 for parents who do not get leave to care, said chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg in a post on Facebook on Wednesday.
“By taking these steps, what to do for our business and our community,” says Sandberg.
Facebook realized to increase the salaries of some workers who are in Menlo Park on May 1, he will work to expand the policy during the year to its significant suppliers, who have more than 25 employees who are based in the United States, he said.
The company declined to say how many employees it uses to assign the contract or any of its suppliers. At first he planned to announce the change on May 1 when the husband Sandberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey Dave Goldberg died unexpectedly during a training exercise accident.
As Congress debates rage and state legislatures on how to increase the minimum wage and help alleviate the income gap is growing, some companies have taken steps to improve the workers’ compensation services, including Walmart, Costco (COST.O) and Starbucks (SBUX.O).
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“Corporate America is beginning to step forward to take these policies – in the case of Facebook, stating that the company will not be part of the salary and practices that force workers to choose between work and family poverty,” Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, It said in a statement.
Silicon Valley is under growing pressure to close the income gap of the high cost of living in California, the most expensive country in 2014, according to the Missouri Economic Research Information Centre sixth.
Google (GOOGL.O) took similar measures in the past year, when the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour for service workers grew, including bus drivers, parking attendants, security guards and employees of coffee in offices Northern California. He also expanded health coverage for all workers in the US campus Google.