A letter, reportedly written by and on behalf of certain Twitter employees, surfaced online this week to harsh criticism after the letter’s authors wrote that they “demand” Elon Musk maintain “the current headcount” at Twitter as well as the fringe benefits and “safety” that the company’s employees have enjoyed if Musk’s acquisition of the platform continues.
The letter says that “Elon Musk’s plan to lay off 75% of Twitter workers will hurt Twitter’s ability to serve the public conversation. A threat of this magnitude is reckless, undermines our users’ and customers’ trust in our platform, and is a transparent act of worker intimidation.”
The authors insist that the threats “will hurt Twitter’s ability to serve the public conversation” and act as a form “of worker intimidation,” the letter signers insist.
The letter continues, “We call on Twitter management and Elon Musk to cease these negligent layoff threats. As workers, we deserve concrete commitments so we can continue to preserve the integrity of our platform.”
They then proceed to make the following demands “of current and future leadership.”
“Respect: We demand leadership to respect the platform and the workers who maintain it by committing to preserving the current headcount.
“Safety: We demand that leadership does not discriminate against workers on the basis of their race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or political beliefs. We also demand safety for workers on visas, who will be forced to leave the country they work in if they are laid off.
“Protection: We demand Elon Musk explicitly commit to preserve our benefits, those both listed in the merger agreement and not (e.g. remote work). We demand leadership to establish and ensure fair severance policies for all workers before and after any change in ownership.
“Dignity: We demand transparent, prompt and thoughtful communication around our working conditions. We demand to be treated with dignity, and to not be treated as mere pawns in a game played by billionaires,” the letter concludes.
This comes in response to reports that Musk may downsize staffing levels at the company by as much as 75%, from 7,500 employees to 2,000 as soon as the acquisition is complete.
Critics responded to the letter, accusing Twitter employees of acting like spoiled brats and rebuking the entitlement of the company’s workers.
National Pulse editor-in-chief Raheem Kassam wrote, “NEW: An unknown number of Twitter employees are circulating an open letter to @elonmusk demanding they be allowed to keep all their jobs, pick journalistic and geopolitical winners and losers, and retain all their employment benefits. The participation trophy generation.”
EpochTV’s Jeff Carlson tweeted, “‘Elon Musk’s Plan to lay off 75% of Twitter workers will hurt Twitter’s ability to serve the public conversation. It’s hilarious that Twitter’s own workforce describes precisely WHY Elon needs to get rid of 75% of Twitter employees.”
Conservative commentator Jason Howerton tweeted, “@Twitter employees are so entitled & unaccustomed to accountability, they’ve sent a letter to the OWNER of the co. with a litany of ‘demands.’ That’s not how life works. If I wanted to keep my job, I’d be working to make it clear to @elonmusk how much value I bring to the co.”
National Review podcast co-host Jeffrey Blehar said, “That ‘open letter’ from Twitter employees demanding (not requesting, DEMANDING) they not only not be fired but given more control over internal HR policy AND the entire global public discourse…man, that’s something else. Maybe Elon should aim for an 80% target instead.”
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