AT&T Workers Fight Return To Office Push: ‘We Can Do the Same Job From Home’ – Slashdot
AT&T workers are pushing to keep working from home as an option, citing “long commutes to and from work, exorbitant childcare costs, ongoing concerns over exposure to COVID-19 variants and now monkeybox,” reports The Guardian. From the report: At AT&T, the world’s largest telecommunication company, workers represented by the Communications Workers of America agreed to a work from home extension until the end of March 2023, but workers say the company is forcing many workers to return to the office much sooner than that, while other departments had already been forced back to the office by their managers. […] AT&T workers have started a petition demanding the company makes working from home a permanent option for workers. […] Val Williams, an AT&T worker and union steward for the Communications Workers of America in Houston, Texas, was forced to return to work in the office in April 2022. She criticized the push to bring workers back into the office after she said workers had been praised for productivity while working from home.
Williams criticized the pushback to return to the office given AT&T is a communications company with the technology and resources to make working from home a seamless option. “Our revenue has increased over the last two years while we were working from home. Our job descriptions state we are capable of working with little to minimum management and that’s what we’ve been doing,” she said. She also argued it was unfair how the push to return workers to the office has been enforced, with some departments being brought back while others are still working from home. “We don’t feel like anybody’s health is greater than any others. Because everybody has their own health issues, or they may have family members that have health issues that they have to return home to,” she added. […] A spokesperson for AT&T did not provide data on how many workers at the company are still working from home, but claimed it was never the company’s intention to make working from home indefinite. “The health and safety of our employees continues to be our priority,” said the spokesperson in an email. “As we have throughout the pandemic, we adhere to guidance from the medical community, including implementing safety protocols to help protect our employees’ wellbeing. And now that we are a largely vaccinated workforce, we believe it’s safe for employees to return to the workplace. We do our best work when we’re together.”