Union pressure on Silicon Valley has only just begun


America’s largest tech companies are facing mounting pressure from organized labor to provide greater support to local service workers — and it appears to be working.

Last week, Google announced it was winding down its contract with security guard contractor SIS and would instead hire 200 security officers directly, making them eligible for the same benefits as other Googlers. The decision preempted a campaign by California’s largest service union to organize the guards.

The drivers who ferry the area’s tech workers to their jobs appear to be next. On Oct. 2, Teamsters Union Local 853 submitted a letter to Facebook and Loop Transportation notifying them that their drivers were planning to form a union to improve their working conditions. The New York Times’ Steven Greenhouse was the first to report the letter.

“This is reminiscent of a time when nobleman were driven around in their coaches by their servants,” 853 principal officer and…

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