Following unionization at Facebook’s headquarters last month, around 60 cafeteria workers in Seattle joined UNITE HERE Local 8 on Saturday.
The union will represent the 60 cafeteria workers employed by Facebook subcontractor Flagship Facility Services after a majority signed cards to join UNITE HERE Local 8.
The 562 Menlo Park cafeteria workers, also employed by San Jose-based Flagship Facility Services, joined the union’s Local 19 last month.
“Service workers in the tech industry have been left behind for a long time,” said Stefan Moritz, political director with UNITE HERE Local 8.
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Moritz said rising rents in Seattle sparked the union organizing effort among the cafeteria workers, whose priorities are better wages and health care benefits and getting equal access to the benefits tech workers get.
The union and Flagship Facility Services should start negotiations within the month, Moritz said.
“We’re focused on ensuring a safe and fair working environment for our employees, and today’s development does not change that commitment,” a spokesperson for Flagship Facility Services said in an email statement. “We look forward to a continued, positive dialogue and relationship with UNITE HERE and our employees in Seattle.”
A spokesperson for Facebook said in an email that “vendor workers are valued members of our community.”
“We are committed to providing a safe, fair, work environment to everyone who helps Facebook bring the world closer together, including contractors,” the spokesperson said. “Our commitment does not change, regardless of union status. ”
UNITE HERE Local 8 represents about 5,000 hospitality workers in hotels, universities and airports in Oregon and Washington.