In a Friday open letter, available here, around 200 employees from a group called “Apple Together” complained about the company’s decision to have workers return to the office after the long COVID hiatus.
— Apple Together (@AppleLaborers) April 29, 2022
The whiny diatribe reads like something your 13-year-old would write trying to convince you not to make them go to school tomorrow. Coming to the office evidently will:
…make Apple younger, whiter, more male-dominated, more neuro-normative, more able-bodied, in short, it will lead to privileges deciding who can work for Apple, not who’d be the best fit.
They don’t really explain why that would be the case, but they’re clearly convinced of it.
The complaints come after Apple CEO Tim Cook told staffers that they would need to come to the office one day a week starting April 11, two days per week after three weeks, and three days per week after May 23. Oh, the horror! They write that only the privileged will be able to stand up to the rigors of actually showing up to the job:
Privileges like “being born in the right place so you don’t have to relocate”, or “being young enough to start a new life in a new city/country” or “having a stay-at-home spouse who will move with you”. And privileges like being born into a gender that society doesn’t expect the majority of care-work from, so it’s easy to disappear into an office all day, without doing your fair share of unpaid work in society. Or being rich enough to pay others to do your care-work for you.