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Google drops security contractor for in-house team

 

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.

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7 people like this
Posted by what?
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm

"80 percent of Google's SIS security guards were only offered part-time work." A ploy by such a rich company to keep from paying and keeping "security professionals who keep our campuses safe and making sure they're well-taken care of is very important to us." Gee Google, in light of many criminal actions around the world, how much are YOU worth? I guess you don't value your own employees welfare. SHAME on you.


6 people like this
Posted by Ron
a resident of Waverly Park
on Oct 2, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Well I guess THAT did not work out the way they wanted. Sort of like the Hostess debacle.


8 people like this
Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Sparty is a registered user.

Is google responsible for what their contractors do with scheduling?


6 people like this
Posted by W
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Of course Google is not responsible for their contractor's scheduling, that's why they shield themselves by using a contractor. That's standard operating procedure for most big companies that don't want to be liable or accountable. What's legal and what's ethical is another matter...


7 people like this
Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Sparty is a registered user.

because there are no other companies that use outside security.

A lot of guards only get 40 hours because they can work two sites.

You're right about ethics though. You should submit a list of everything you think is unethical and ask google to remove it from it's search results


11 people like this
Posted by MV Mama
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 2, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Ah, SEIU at it's finest. Sometimes their bullying doesn't work.


10 people like this
Posted by Marie
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

All (that I'm aware of) Security Companies only schedule part time work - then they don't have to pay any benefits - -
AND - - generally pay +/- $12/hour - - - It's not a career field -


6 people like this
Posted by Marie
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

All (that I'm aware of) Security Companies only schedule part time work - then they don't have to pay any benefits - -
AND - - generally pay +/- $12/hour - - - It's not a career field -


6 people like this
Posted by Areader
a resident of Gemello
on Oct 3, 2014 at 7:33 am

Will Google's new in-house team be joining SEIU?

Losing the Google contract does not look good for Scott Vermeer. One thinks that SIS had Google in mind when hiring a former Mountain View police chief.


10 people like this
Posted by Common sense
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

Let me get this straight.

"After [SEIU] protests of its labor policies, the company that employs security guards around Google headquarters, Security Industry Specialists, has had its contract terminated by Google."

So, all those SIS employees at Google go from 80% part-time and 20% full-time (SEIU's figures) to 100% out-of-work.

That is "helping" the SIS employees exactly how, SEIU???


7 people like this
Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Oct 3, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Sparty is a registered user.

the Twinkie strategy fails again


7 people like this
Posted by Maher
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Oct 3, 2014 at 6:14 pm

Hasn't Google ever heard of the due diligence process re hiring anyone? including sub-contractors and their employment policies? DuH?

Lowest bid is not always the best bid. Why is that lesson not engraved on every CEO's forehead.


9 people like this
Posted by Double dipping must be good
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm

"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"

OH, so now he is getting a paycheck plus a hefty PENSION. That is outrageous,these types of double dipping needs to stop. Why does his pension not stop when he gets another job? Outrageous. Why didn't' he take his old job back? That is like someone with unemployment wages finding a job and still receiving his unemployment money. That is just not right!!!

People, we really need to go after these double dippers. And we wonder why our taxes are soo high.


6 people like this
Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Oct 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Sparty is a registered user.

I'm sure the SEIU applauds that the police union set up nice benefits for him.


6 people like this
Posted by Otto Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 4, 2014 at 7:50 am

I'd be so proud to be a member of that union right now. They really looked out for their members on this one.

To blame Google for this is just stupid though. Google did not employ any of these people and Google is probably contractually bound to not be able to "rehire" any of them for a period of time. That's pretty standard when you utilize contractors for services. So blame SIS if you want to blame anyone.

Google exists to make a profit for its shareholders, plain and simple. It's the same model used by the vast majority of companies in the world. To complain about this like only Google does it is just silly.

If you don't like the way contractors are treated in this world by all means start your own company and make everyone you hire a company employee with full benefits and above market pay. Promise them a job for life and a pension upon retirement. Hopefully whatever your company makes is really popular because you're going to have a lot of overhead trying to make it.


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