Facebook is pushing for higher pay and improved benefits for the janitors, cooks and other workers who support its employees.
The world's largest online social network is implementing a new set of standards for its U.S.-based contractors who do a "substantial amount of work" with Facebook.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, announced the changes in a blog post late Tuesday. The new requirements include a minimum wage of $15 an hour, at least 15 paid days off per year, and for those who don't receive paid parental leave, a "new child benefit" of $4,000 for new parents.
The move comes amid a nationwide push to pay low-wage workers at least $15 per hour and improve other benefits. In Silicon Valley, where the wealth gap between tech industry luminaries and the workers who serve their lunches and clean their bathroom can be especially jarring, the movement has focused on tech giants like Apple, Google and Facebook.
Facebook had originally planned to announce the changes last Monday, as the standards are already in place for some workers. The announcement was delayed following the sudden death of Sandberg's husband, David Goldberg, on May 1.