25th July (UPI) – San Francisco legislators this week put forward a proposal prohibiting farm cafeterias offering workers free groceries to encourage more local business support.
City Supervisor Ahsha Safai and Aaron Peskin introduced the measure, which would change the zoning laws so that company cafeterias would no longer be allowed but not retroactive, the San Francisco Examiner reported.
"You can not have an industrial kitchen in your office building," Peskin said when he described the ban on free nutrition, which was in support of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association.
"Many of these companies promoted the upswing their employees would have on our local economy just to deliver everything ̵
Peskin and Safai said the ban was phased out by Twitter and AirBnB, two major tech companies that are known to offer free groceries to employees as Perk.
Though the ban is to help local diners and their employees, University of California, Berkeley, urban economics professor Enrico Moretti Buzzfeed News said it would be more likely to hurt restaurant employees than to help them because cafeteria jobs in technology companies tend to better Wages and benefits.
"When we talk about wages, working conditions and social benefits, I think it will make the workers' situation worse," Moretti said. "The percentage of workers in restaurants that receive services and high wages is certainly lower than what the worker would find in the canteen of a large company."
A similar ban has been issued since 2014 in Mountain View, California. , another tech-heavy city in the Bay Area.
Facebook opens a new office there in November and will be affected by the ban.