Facebook Just Improved Wages and Benefits for Contracted Employees

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Facebook Incorporated Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced today that the social media powerhouse will be requiring improved benefits from its contractors, including higher pay, paid leave, and a $4,000 new child benefit.

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Sandberg stated that contracted workers’ new benefits will include a $15 minimum wage, a minimum of 15 paid leave days for holidays, sick time, and vacation, and $4,000 in child care benefits for new parents who do not receive paid parental leave. As Sandberg acknowledged, these new requirements particularly benefit women workers.

“Women, because they comprise about two-thirds of minimum wage workers nationally, are particularly affected by wage adjustments,” explained Sandberg. “Research also shows that providing adequate benefits contributes to a happier and ultimately more productive workforce.

“Now Congress should follow the lead of Facebook and many cities and states and raise the federal minimum wage and pass paid sick days for U.S. workers,” commented Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal who praised Facebook’s action. “Today almost half of women workers to do have one day of paid sick leave. It’s inhumane,” said Smeal.

The new standards at Facebook will affect food-service workers, janitorial staff, security guards, and other contracted workers. Sandberg hopes to implement these benefits to a broader set of vendors within the year.

The company “expects to bear the cost of the new standards as vendors increase their rates,” according to the Wall Street Journal. “We think it’s the right thing to do with our community and the right thing to do with our business,” Sandberg said. “So we think it’s an expense worth bearing.”

Media Resources: Facebook Newsroom 5/12/15; Wall Street Journal 5/13/15;


Facebook bans gun-sale ads not requiring background checks: PolitiFact Oregon

Facebook bans gun-sale ads not requiring background checks: PolitiFact Oregon

By Dana Tims | dtims@oregonian.com on March 05, 2014 at 11:36 AM, updated March 05, 2014 at 11:45 AM

A national gun-control group with an Oregon chapter claimed at least partial credit Wednesday for a decision by Facebook to delete posts from users selling illegal guns or offering weapons for sale without background checks.

The decision follows a month-long campaign by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which asked Facebook and Instagram, its photo-sharing subsidiary, to prohibit online gun “marketplaces.”

While pages devoted to guns will still be permitted, any ads specifically saying that background checks won’t be part of any transaction can be flagged for removal, Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management, wrote in a statement.

“We have worked with a number of individuals and organization on the development of these efforts,” she said, “which will be implemented and enforced in coming weeks.”

Moms Demand Action’s campaign was the focus of a PolitiFact Oregon story that appeared on OregonLive on Feb. 28.

A follow-up story included some of the many reader comments generated by the story – many of them opposing any new restrictions on gun sales and ads – ran on March 3.

The new Facebook policy goes one step beyond current Oregon law, which does not require background checks for private-party gun sales. A bill before the current legislative session that would require such checks appears to be dead, at least for this go-round.

In a statement issued shortly after Facebook’s announcement, Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, said, “Our campaign showed how easy it is for minors, felons and other dangerous people to get guns online.”

— Dana Tims

Facebook and Domestic Violence Survivor Safety

NNEDV has teamed up with Facebook to create a guide on privacy and safety for survivors. As many advocates are aware, abusers use isolation as a technique to control their partners, but in leaving their abusers many survivors find themselves

isolated even further in their attempts to stay safe. NNEDV

recognizes how important it is for survivors to remain connected, both offline and online, to family and friends. Thus

Safety and Privacy on Facebook: A Guide for Survivors of Abuse was unveiled at the NNEDV Technology Summit. You can access the guide by visiting www.nnedv.org and searching for “Facebook privacy and safety guide” or by clicking here. https://fbcdn-dragon-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/851584_613437522011141_1298974833_n.pdf

The guide is the most current product of a partnership that

began in 2010 when NNEDV joined Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board. The guide addresses privacy on Facebook and also provides safety tips and options in the event that someone is

misusing the site to harass, monitor, threaten, or stalk.

Here at the Oregon Coalition we are continually grateful to be a part of NNEDV, which consistently supports the needs of

victims of domestic violence, dating abuse, and stalking. If you would like more information about technology and how

survivors of domestic and sexual violence can navigate a

variety of technologies safely, please contact Coalition staff. We look forward to working together to ensure survivors are safe online and off.

-Keri Moran-Kuhn, Director of Programs