In an effort to cut costs, Elon Musk laid off 20 of the cleaning crew that Twitter contracted for. The janitors are in the SEIU union and they decided to go on strike even though they do not work directly for Twitter. So Musk did the honorable thing and reunited all of the janitors…. on the unemployment line. Now, they are complaining about losing their jobs just before Christmas. But, they did not lose their jobs, they threw them away.
China is hurting for money too and they are considering laying off a lot of Democratic Senators and House members, but Joe’s job is safe. I suggest that the Democratic members of Congress do not go on strike against China or they could be laid off as well. They will need all the money they can get to keep the Chinese spies they are sleeping with happy.
The California Labor Federation, which represents 1,200 California unions wrote:
“Twitter doesn’t seem to understand how important it is to keep a clean house and respect the people who take out the trash.”
Au contrare, mon Frere, Musk just took out the trash himself. Most efficiently I might add. There is no doubt that he can find a new agency that can supply janitors, probably non-union.
Former employee Amir Shevat said:
“The way Elon Musk executed the layoffs was really inhumane. At a certain point, I was told that as a manager that I might felt fired if I just gathered my team just to answer questions.”
Said Adrian Trejo Nunez, another former employee:
“He chose to fire so many of us during a difficult time period in the tech industry.”
The workers began picketing the corporate offices at noon to demand that they be rehired and compensated for any lost wages. The janitorial employees have been locked out of the Twitter offices since Friday evening.
NBC Bay Area reported on Monday that the workers, who are members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 87, were picketing loudly outside of the Twitter headquarters.
SEIU Local president Olga Miranda said, “Our cleaning contractor at Twitter was told by Twitter that they are cutting the contract. So, we have about 48 families out of work. And it just so happens that it’s three weeks before Christmas.”
Miranda said the contract between FlagShip and Twitter officially ends on December 9. The striking workers told local media that they intended to continue their action until their demands are met.
Once the Twitter transaction was completed on October 27, Musk declared himself the sole director of the social media company, fired its board of directors and four top executives and laid off 3,700 employees, one half of the entire workforce.
After advertisers began pulling their spending with Twitter over concerns about content moderation, Musk issued an ultimatum to the staff stating that the company was at a “fork in the road” and any remaining employees had to commit to an “extremely hardcore” working environment. This promptly led to the resignation of another 1,200 employees.