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

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/almost-100-facebook-janitors-laid-off-as-silicon-valleys-dreaded-service-worker-cuts-continue-11663369588

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The toilets of Facebook will still remain cleaner than contents on Facebook.

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Post ID: @6aqr+1iLERU15

I heard it was a sh---y place to work

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Post ID: @5khk+1iLERU15

I'd stop flushing, in solidarity

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Post ID: @5okt+1iLERU15

You know what this means : more stinky toilets in Meta headquarters..
I am so not applying for a position at Meta !

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Post ID: @3nic+1iLERU15

Facebook must really be hurting when they have to lay off 100 of their lowest paid employees. Seriously, pain is coming to this company soon.

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Post ID: @1cgc+1iLERU15

I am pretty sure the laid off janitors are more productive than most of their engineers hired to do the metaverse

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Nearly 100 Facebook janitors were laid off from the tech giant’s California offices Friday, two months after being told their jobs would be safe.

The number of job cuts was actually supposed to be closer to 120, but about 30 janitors are being placed elsewhere, according to workers who spoke with MarketWatch as well as the union that represents them, SEIU United Service Workers West.

Janitors at Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc.’s META, -2.18% 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 janitors and other service workers were retained by SBM, the vendor that directly employs them.

The terminations come after the janitors and other service workers at Meta kept their jobs through the first two-plus years of the COVID-19 pandemic, even when the company closed its campuses during shelter-in-place lockdowns. Meta, along with other big Silicon Valley employers such as Alphabet Inc. GOOG, -0.26% GOOGL, -0.11%, Apple Inc. AAPL, -1.10% and Intel Corp. INTC, +1.39%, touted their commitment to keeping their service workers employed at the time.

But now, as hybrid or remote work become a permanent plan for some companies — and as layoffs hit a range of industries — Big Tech companies are looking to cut costs. Meta Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg has warned of tough economic times ahead, and he’s not alone. At Meta, that means engineers are bracing for job cuts, and service workers are getting laid off. Before the janitors were laid off, about 40 bus drivers had lost their jobs on the company’s campuses in the past several months, according to a Teamsters union official.

Meta spokesman Tracy Clayton denied that the company asked for job cuts in its janitorial ranks, and as recently as August said the company was not aware of any pending job cuts by its vendor partners.

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

Meta relies on vendors to directly employ janitors, security guards, shuttle drivers and more. The company switched janitorial providers in July, about a year after MarketWatch reported that its previous vendor, ABM Industries Inc. ABM, -2.53%, had changed the amount of vacation that some janitors had been receiving, which Facebook representatives said they were unaware of at the time. SBM Management Services took over the janitorial contract, and Huerta said both Meta and SBM “made commitments” that no one would be laid off back then.

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

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