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Facebook Deal Requires Workers To Eat From Mountain View Restaurants

Mike Colgan
November 19, 2018 - 8:48 pm

Facebook's plans for new offices in a Mountain View shopping center won the approval of the city council on the condition that nearby restaurants supply half of the meals for tech workers.

The unusual stipulation arose from complaints that free food at tech companies — a common perk — hurts business in restaurants that depend on a lunchtime crowd. 

To comply with the council's vote, a Facebook official said the company will distribute debit cards for employees to use at the restaurants in the San Antonio shopping center. 

"We're really looking forward to moving into the San Antonio center, hopefully soon, and really continuing to be an active and good neighbor here in Mountain View," Facebook public policy manager Juan Salazar. 

The new office will have space 1,700 employees and contractors, according to the Mountain View Voice.

A proposal to ban cafeterias in new San Francisco tech offices for similar reasons had recently failed.

The union that represents cafeteria workers in Mountain View opposes the mandatory support of restaurants. 

"Cafeteria jobs on tech campuses are often higher quality jobs than restaurants," said UNITE HERE Local 19's Sarah McDermott.