Almost 100 Facebook janitors laid off as Silicon Valley service-worker cuts continue

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Nearly 100 Facebook watchers were fired from the tech giant’s California offices on Friday, two months after it was told that their jobs would be protected.

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According to workers who spoke with SEIU United Service Workers West, MarketWatch, as well as the union that represents them, the number of job cuts should have actually been closer to 120, but about 30 janitors may be placed elsewhere. Used to be.

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Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc. Chowkidar in the META,
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Headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., and the company’s other offices in the Bay Area were affected. According to a roster of workers seen by MarketWatch, about 193 watchmen and other service workers were retained by SBM, the vendor who employs them directly.

The termination comes after janitors and other service workers at Meta kept their jobs during the first two-plus years of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the company closed its campuses during the shelter-in-place lockdown. Meta, along with other large Silicon Valley employers such as Alphabet Inc. With GOOG,
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Google,
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Apple Inc. AAPL,
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and Intel Corp. INTC,
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Explained its commitment to keeping its service staff employed on time.

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But now, hybrid or remote work has become a sustainable plan for some companies – and as layoffs have occurred across many industries – big tech companies are looking to cut costs. Meta chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has warned of tough economic times to come, and he is not alone. In meta, this means that engineers are ready for job cuts, and service workers are being laid off. According to a Teamsters union official, around 40 bus drivers had lost their jobs at the company’s premises in the past several months, before the retrenchment of the watchmen.

Meta spokeswoman Tracy Clayton denied that the company asked for job cuts across its Watchmen ranks, and as recently as August stated that the company was not aware of any pending job cuts by its vendor partners. was.

But David Huerta, president of the SEIU United Service Workers West, which represents the Watchmen, told MarketWatch that Meta is “very well aware of all of this” and “it’s not true that they don’t have control over it.” Is. “

Meta relies directly on vendors to hire watchmen, security guards, shuttle drivers, and more. The company switched watchdog providers in July, nearly a year after MarketWatch reported that its previous vendor, ABM Industries Inc. abm,
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The amount of leave that some watchmen receive was changed, which Facebook representatives said they were unaware of at the time. SBM Management Services took over the Watchman contract, and Huerta said that both Meta and SBM “committed” that no one would be held back.

Asked for further comment, a Meta spokesperson referred MarketWatch to SBM, which has not returned repeated requests since early August for comment.

Raquel Avalos, who worked as a janitor at Meta for three years, said that she was told that she would be offered a job at Google GOOGL,
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Campus that would have paid her a little more than her hourly wage at Meta, which was $20.50.

“It was a dollar and something else,” she said. “It was a win-win for me. I was excited.”

Then the single mother of four children was told that she would eventually be out of a job.

“I can’t afford not to have a job,” Avalos said, adding that she was willing to take whatever was offered, and to look for a part-time job to meet her needs. also planned. “I pay for a two-bedroom apartment by myself.”

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Like Avalos, another janitor at Meta, who was fired, described the uncertainty about his job over the past few months as stressful. Eric Miranda said that before he lost his job this week, he had to take a few days off to deal with the physical and mental effects of worrying about whether he would keep his job.

Miranda, who worked at Meta for four years, said she had headaches, as well as pain in her neck, back, shoulders and arms. He had to seek medical care.

“My nervous system is completely tense because of all the worries in this situation,” he said.

Now he plans to apply for unemployment benefits and look for a new job, he said. He has a wife, who is also unemployed, and is supported by his 87-year-old father.

As far as the chowkidars who hold their jobs in Meta are concerned, they are concerned about the heavy workload due to the 40% reduction in their workforce. One watchman said on condition of anonymity that he and others were already being asked to work night shifts and overtime. He also said that some buildings, which earlier had five chowkidars, now have only two.

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