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Silicon Valley’s low-wage mess: How Apple was forced to revamp its subcontracting scheme

3/5/2015, Salon

Labor activists were planning a rude welcome for the select few invited to the launch of Apple’s highly anticipated smartwatch in San Francisco on Monday, March 9. Protesters from SEIU-United Service Workers West (USWW), a union of janitors, security officers, airport and property service workers in California, have become a fixture at major tech industry events, where they picket and call on Silicon Valley’s largest corporations to be good corporate citizens and adopt better working standards for subcontracted security guards. “We’re going to show up and tell them what the next big thing from Apple ought to be: good jobs for service workers in tech,” announced a Facebook event page for the protest.

But Monday’s protest has been canceled. “As much as we enjoy getting out on the streets,” said Sanjay Garla, the organizing director of SEIU-USWW, “we try to reward companies doing the right thing.”