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Hashtag Trending May 30th – Apple Raises Minimum Wage; Google contract workers resist return to office; TikTok employees have to meet long schedules

Apple is raising the minimum wage to $22 an hour, Google contract workers are fighting back-to-office returns and TokTok employees are complaining about toxic work schedules.

That’s all the tech news that’s trending right now, welcome to Hashtag Trending. It’s Monday May 30th and I’m your host, Tom Li.

Apple is raising the minimum wage for hourly workers in certain markets to $22 an hour and above, a 45 percent increase from 2018. According to the Wall Street Journal, the decision is in response to rising inflation, a tighter job market and efforts about union organizing. The increase primarily affects frontline workers working in retail and warehouse positions. Aside from that, some employees also get a raise. As MacRumors reported, Apple employees have been trying to unionize recently, an effort that some leaders say could put workers at a disadvantage.

Source: Mac rumours

Contract workers employed by Cognizant, a Google Maps labor company, are challenging the company’s in-person work policies. According to Bloomberg, Google’s contract workers don’t receive the same benefits as Alphabet’s full-time employees, but they still have to follow some of the same labor policies. In one case, Cognizant denied a medical exemption request from a contractor who had undergone four surgeries. Cognizant later told Bloomberg that there was a communication error while processing the employee’s request. This seems to be one story among many. Last week, 120 Cognizant employees signed a petition to urge remote working. The petition argued that working from home is an invaluable benefit.

Source: Bloomberg

The employees at TikTok are also dissatisfied with their working conditions due to the long working hours. Former employees of the social platform have criticized the company for its overwork culture and pay secrecy. Some employees in offices in San Francisco and New York described a 996 culture, defined by working 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. six days a week, a common practice in China. Complaints included 24-hour meetings that lasted until midnight and a poor work-life balance, leading to a burn-and-churn culture. Some employees even routinely worked 80 hours a week.

Source: Business Insider

Walmart has expanded its drone delivery service in the United States In a press release last Friday, the company announced that it would be expanding its DroneUp delivery network to 34 locations in six states. These drones can deliver small items — Tylenol, diapers, hot dog buns, and the like — in as little as two hours. Participating locations include a team of certified pilots who operate under FAA guidelines. Additionally, Walmart wants to use its drone for insurance emergencies and real estate purposes. For example, a construction agency can work with DroneUp to monitor work progress on site.

Source: Walmart

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