News: Ten Democratic senators – including President-elect Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – have asked Google to make its army of full-time staffers. The senators wrote in a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai that "the differences between the categories of workers appear to be just in name," and therefore the company "should treat all Google workers equally." They ask Google to, among other things, make full-time employees after six months, provide equal pay and benefits for all types of employees, and only hire contractors for work that is not already done by full-time employees.
What does Google say ?: The senators gave Google August 9 to respond, but the company is already pushing back. Google says it does not abuse entrepreneurs, and that being a temp is not meant to be a path to a full-time job, according to a copy of a letter sent by a Google exec to the senators. Ultimately, today's letter probably won't have much immediate impact, but it is the strongest evidence yet that Big Tech comes under the control of some of the most high-profile politicians in the country.