Last month, a global walkout by more than 20,000 Google employees triggered changes to the company’s sexual harassment policies, according to Bloomberg. Now, some Googlers are asking for improvements in how contract workers are treated, including giving them access to company communications, better benefits, and a process toward full-time employment. Google relies on contractors for a wide variety of tasks—Bloomberg reported in July that contractors outnumbered full time employees.
But as that report detailed, the contractors aren’t treated the same as employees. Their benefits can be different and they can be denied things like free bus rides and snacks, that report said. It’s unclear how Google management will respond to these new employee calls for change, but it could set the tone for how Googlers feel about making future demands.