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Following public pressure, Stanford reverses decision on pay for contracted service workers

Original post made on Apr 15, 2020

After the community raised concerns about contracted workers who were laid off during the shutdown, Stanford said that it would work with contract firms to maintain their pay and benefits through June 15.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 9:47 AM

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Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 15, 2020 at 10:34 am

While I applaud Stanford for housing healthcare workers and first responders in housing on campus there was a disconnect in how the powers that be treat their contractors. Now because of the community's reaction Stanford has learned they must do right by these workers. Stanford had to be taught by Stanford Students' for Workers Rights to do the right thing. I have witnessed this pattern before with regards to Stanford's having to back track after the community pushes back. Thankfully Stanford Students' for Workers Rights has made a difference.

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Posted by Just sayin'
a resident of another community
on Apr 15, 2020 at 11:56 am

I hope Google & many other companies follow suit. Not sure that June 15 is sufficient compensation, but . . .
"serious financial challenge" seems an overstatement; especially when one considers that contract workers may not be able to buy groceries or stay in their homes.

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Posted by MarStd
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 15, 2020 at 12:33 pm

Why are these workers working for a Contractor and not Stanford directly in the 1st place? Was it to reduce the workers pay and benefits? But now they are doing the right thing? right.

Why didn't AB-5 (the Uber/GigWorker Law) stop all businesses or industries from labeling paying their workers as sub-contractors? This is quite a loophole.

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Posted by Just sayin'
a resident of another community
on Apr 15, 2020 at 1:57 pm

@MarSid Exactly! It's a very big loophole. When large companies say they are paying their employees, don't overestimate the impact. In the big picture, they may not have that many 'employees.'

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Posted by casey
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 15, 2020 at 2:06 pm

@MarStd These were not independent contractors like drivers for Uber. Stanford contracted with an outside company, and these workers were employees of that 3rd party company.

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Posted by what if..
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 15, 2020 at 3:50 pm

It's a win for the workers, certainly. And, good for Stanford. But, I have to ask what would people think if the City of Palo Alto decided to pay all of its subcontractors for services if/when they weren't performing services? The City has cut back on repair of roads and many other services for which is employs subcontractors? GreenWaste is the City's contractor for Waste pickup. The City pays GreenWaste some contract amount and GreenWaste oversees the job and employs people. It's a way for a large entity to not have to specialize in every service and let the companies who do specialize, perform services for multiple large organizations. How many Palo Altans would be calling for the City to pay subcontractors? Good for Stanford profs and students for wanting to support all workers. I don't think it would happen in Palo Alto.

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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Apr 15, 2020 at 8:20 pm

To be clear, Stanford is not saying they will foot the entire bill for contractors until June 15. They said they will work with the employing companies to access Federal and state resources to get money to these workers. There is an implication that Stanford will supplement these resources if they fall short. But with the $600/wk supplemental unemployment payments on top of regular unemployment, many of these workers could get more from the government than they were getting working at Stanford.

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Posted by GraceBrown
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 16, 2020 at 8:26 pm

I applaud and whole-heartedly support Stanford's leadership here and hope that for-profit companies who found their wellspring on the campus, will follow suit - shareholders need to weigh in here.

AND, all those Stanford students and families out there, here's my question: will you still be willing to pay full tuition or are you all agitating for a reduction in those costs? Goes both ways, stakeholders, goes both ways.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 25, 2020 at 12:58 am

Oh great, now you tell me after the other article got me all riled up.
They'd still do it if they could get away with it.
How many of these people have health insurance/health care even?
Sick of this kind of inequality and playing with people's lives.

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