Posts tagged hybrid work
Grindr Tells Unionizing Workers: Move Across The Country or Be Fired
August 11, 2023 // LGBTQ dating app Grindr has issued a new return-to-office policy requiring staff to relocate to other cities, just two weeks after its workers announced they were unionizing with the Communications Workers of America. The certification form, sent to workers on Monday night and obtained by Motherboard, states that the policy requires workers to either move within 50 miles of their newly designated office or lose their jobs.
Google’s return-to-office crackdown gets backlash from some employees: ‘Check my work, not my badge’
June 15, 2023 // “Managers of non-remote Googlers who have been consistently absent from the office will be cc’ed on emails to these Googlers (subject to local requirements), so they can support Googlers in either ramping back to the office or exploring other flexibility options,” the document says. On Friday, YouTube held its own all-hands meeting with employees about the office policy update. At the event, executives presented the plans virtually, a paradox that didn’t go unnoticed.
Why Work from Home Jobs are Here to Stay for Federal Government Employees
May 31, 2023 // Given that passage into law would require a Democratic-controlled Senate and President Biden to go along, enactment of the Republican bill seems very unlikely. Potentially, Republicans could use passage of a final budget or even an increase of the debt ceiling, as a negotiation to push the measure into law, assuming they can get the votes. However, union agreements would still pose a serious challenge. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) boasts a membership of over 281,000 individuals working in almost every agency of the federal and D.C. governments, spanning across 936 local unions. In December 2022, after prolonged legal battles with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the union announced that they had reached a settlement for immediate flexible work arrangements while they negotiate terms for a permanent telework program.
New York Times Union Inks a Contract With Management
May 24, 2023 // The terms of the five-year deal include immediate raises of up to 12.5 percent to cover the years 2021 through 2023, with raises of 3.25 percent and 3 percent to follow in 2024 and 2025, respectively. The required minimum salary will be boosted to $65,000, tens of thousands over the previous floor.
Unions are “Baking In” Remote Work for Federal Employees
January 19, 2023 // But the prospect of conflict with union contracts, uncovered by TechTarget, adds a wrinkle to any plans. “Remote work policies are also getting baked into federal employee union agreements, which could make it difficult for federal agencies to order workers back to the office even if they wanted to,” the story said. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) claims to be “made up of over 281,000 workers in almost every agency of the federal and D.C. governments, spread across 936 local unions.” In December 2022, after some extended legal struggles with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the union said that the two parties had reached a settlement over immediate flexible work arrangements “while we negotiate terms for a permanent telework program.”
Disney CEO Bob Iger wants employees to return to the office four days a week
January 10, 2023 // “Starting March 1, employees currently working in a hybrid fashion will be asked to spend four days a week on-site, targeting Monday through Thursday as in-person workdays,” Iger said in an internal email obtained by MarketWatch. The edict, just weeks after Iger took over Disney DIS, +0.91% from ousted CEO Bob Chapek, is the latest from a high-profile executive asking employees to return to the office at least three days a week. Last month, Snap Inc. SNAP, -0.22% CEO Evan Spiegel said the company expects employees to spend at least 80% of their time in the office beginning in February, according to an internal memo. Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL, +0.78% GOOG, +0.73% Google, Apple Inc. AAPL, +0.41%, Twitter Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPM, -0.41% have made similar requests.
Great Resignation: Study finds 40% of workers plan on changing jobs next 6 months
June 16, 2022 // Robert Half, a global talent solutions firm, reports 4 in 10 workers plan to look for a new job in the next 6 months. The findings indicate a continuation of what has been called the 'great resignation' as many workers opted to change companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the company's Job Optimism Report, the top reasons for a career change cited by workers includes earning more money (65%), greater advancement opportunities (39%), and a change sought due to burnout (34%). Adrian Mojica
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says ‘I’ll get on my knees’ and ‘do whatever you want’ pleading with workers to return to the office
June 14, 2022 // Speaking at The New York Times's DealBook policy forum in Washington, DC, on Thursday, Schultz — who returned as interim CEO in April after Kevin Johnson stepped down from the role — said swaying staffers away from remote work and back to the office hasn't been productive. "I have been unsuccessful, despite everything I've tried to do, to get our people back to work," Schultz, 69, said. "I've pleaded with them. I said I'll get on my knees. I'll do push-ups. Whatever you want. Come back."
Federal employees’ union calls on White House agency to address return-to-office concerns
April 27, 2022 // The intervention comes after OPM Director Kiran Ahuja sent an email to staff saying they would return to an in-person work posture April 25. In response, AFGE’s Local 32 has filed 13 unfair labor practice complaints against the agency.