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  • Contract Workers Protest for Better Pay and Working Conditions


    Rev. Jesse Jackson and a group of more than 100 protestors recently gathered at Apple’s campus in Cupertino California to protest treatment of Silicon Valley contract labor, delivering a petition calling on the tech giant to set a trend toward reform. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Jackson recently accompanied a demonstration led by regional union United Service Workers West (a division of the national Service Employees International Union) which pushed Apple to stand up for rights of contract workers like security guards.

    The big issue behind the whole ordeal is that contractors receive a much lower pay in comparison to those holding skilled positions at big tech firms in the Bay Area. To give you an example, Apple’s security guard contractor, Security Industry Specialists, pay employees $19.77 per hour not including benefits which is reportedly not enough to offset the area’s high cost of living.

    Upon arriving at the protest today, Jackson asked the crowd to repeat the following words:

    We marvel at the growth of high tech and biotech, but we are the foundation. We fight today in the rain for job security and justice.
    For those of you who didn’t know, Jackson’s recently met with Tim Cook to discuss corporate diversity just a few days ago. After he left, the people in attendance of the protect moved into an Apple office building to deliver a petition signed by 20,000 people calling on the company to push for better service worker rights. This initiative is relying on Apple to catalyze change in other Silicon Valley companies such as Facebook and Google.

    Art Pulaski, the executive treasurer and secretary of the California Labor Federation even joined in on the demonstration saying the following to the crowd:

    It's time for Apple to think different.
    As of right now, contract worker rights are a part of a larger umbrella issue which is related to the wage gap between laborers and corporate employees. This all began from the economic discord the gentrification of San Francisco caused which recently reached a tipping point when tech companies started using municipal bus stops for shuttles that ferry passengers from their homes to jobs which were outside the city.

    We’ll have to see what come of the whole protest and if Apple makes a move to help reform the issue at hand.

    Source: San Jose Mercury News
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Contract Workers Protest for Better Pay and Working Conditions started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Holy crap. $20 an hour?! Must be a California thing. Here in Georgia you've got a pretty rocking job to be making $15 if you're not salaried.
    1. repoman16's Avatar
      repoman16 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpidermanAPV View Post
      Holy crap. $20 an hour?! Must be a California thing. Here in Georgia you've got a pretty rocking job to be making $15 if you're not salaried.
      +1

      I have a supervisor role and 20 bucks an hour would be a pretty big raise for me...