Portland workers say making them go back to offices is 'racist, sexist, ableist' and anti-climate

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The pandemic ushered in a new era of work, with more people than ever ditching the office to do their jobs in the comfort of their own home. With nearly all Covid-19 regulations now gone, however, there has been mixed reaction to calls for employees to return to their cubicles.  

In Portland, Oregon, a group of city workers has vehemently express their desire to remain at home, citing the numerous forms of oppression that exist in the outside world.

According to the Willamette Week, leaders of the city’s twelve affinity groups, which represent over 1,000 city employees, penned a joint letter to city council imploring them not to mandate a return to their downtown offices.

“Without our input, without transparency, and by continuing top-down decision-making that devalues staff contributions, we fear the city will continue to support racist, ableist, and sexist policies, the very systems of oppression we want to dismantle,” they wrote.

The coalition added that while working from home, employees had encountered “fewer microaggressions and fewer instances of overt racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, etc., in the workplace or during their commute.”

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