After union protests of its labor policies, the company that employs security guards around Google headquarters, Security Industry Specialists, has had its contract terminated by Google.
A Google spokesperson said Google initiated the move and that SIS would no longer provide security for Google after Nov. 1. While Google isn't saying the move was in response to the protests over treatment of SIS security guards, a spokesperson noted Google's interest in treating employees well.
"Building an in-house security team is something we are excited to do," said a Google spokesperson in a statement. "This is a process we started over a year ago and are looking forward to making these valued positions both full- and part-time Google employees. We value the work of the security professionals who keep our campuses safe and making sure they're well-taken care of is very important to us."
The Service Employees International Union, which has 40,000 security guard members nationwide, held a protest of SIS at Google headquarters in June of 2013. SEIU conducted a survey that found that 80 percent of Google's SIS security guards were only offered part-time work. One of them was Manny Cardenas, who told the Voice that despite his $16 an hour pay, he was sometimes scheduled only one day a week and took home only $1,000 a month in pay, with no health benefits for himself or his daughter.
Google will be doing things differently, with an emphasis on creating more full-time security guard jobs -- about 200 of them for all of its Northern California offices. The company is in the process of hiring them now.
Mountain View's former police chief, Scott Vermeer, took a job with SIS when he announced his retirement from the Mountain View Police Department in June.