OVER 1100 people signed our petition to keep expanded telework for DC employees! Thank you to everyone who signed. The petition will stay open to gather even more signatures, as COVID numbers continue to rise in the DMV.
Mayor Bowser and the District Council have our petition which lays out our demands:
1. A change in DC Human Resources policy to include expanded (up to full time) telework options, to be determined by the needs of DC agencies individually.
2. Options for telework to be combined with compressed or alternative schedules.
3. A working group of both management and Union staff to develop and implement new telework options within the next six months.
WE KNOW that the District's goal of "getting back to normal" means to pretend the pandemic that is ravaging the world no longer exists, and that the threat of harm is gone because we are vaccinated. WE KNOW the real reason we are forced to work in crowded offices is purely financial and that DC workers are being forced to sacrifice their health because of pressure from downtown business lobbyists to keep us paying for food and parking (and parking tickets!). WE KNOW that COVID is more prevalent and more deadly in parts of DC that are primarily African-American and working class. WE KNOW that DC's infection rate is continues to climb. WE KNOW DC hospitals are near capacity with COVID patients. WE KNOW that thousands of us have worked from home during the pandemic without ANY disruption in services. WE KNOW that the schools continue to struggle as now children are getting infected in record numbers.
WE KNOW that Mayor Bowser and the Council can change this situation immediately...if they want to. Let's keep up the pressure to make them want to!!