I’m a project based employee not tied to any projects and was hired during the pandemic/ my contract continues to be renewed. I did not receive the survey back in March on what my opinions were for returning to the office but I am required to do so along with full time staff. If PBE are not real staff and are technically self employed, and are not included in any decision making for returning then why do I have to go into the office? If I am self employed I should be able to work from home indefinitely. There is currently no distinction between PBE and full time other than the lack of benefits. The leverage we should get as self employed employees is being able to be able to dictate where we work from. I’m not included in flexible spending plans to help with my commute costs so I don’t see how forcing a return to the office can be justified. Are there any talks of PBE strikes in 2021 or unionizing efforts?
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Stand up and tell them you will absolutely not be working from the office. If you’re not willing to lose your job over the issue, it’s not really that important…
Legally, they can't dictate where you work or at what time you are supposed to work. What they are doing is illegal. That being said, if you don't work where and when they tell you, they are free to not hire you any longer.
Great advice! Perfect!
PBE/cast and crew/ect employees got treated like cr-p as long as I can remember, specifically on Viacom side for loooooong time. I can recall people with staff positions being migrated to PBE/cast and crew, and their experience with that. I get it, you are permalancer, yet they treat you as if you were a ft staff employee in all the bad ways. it basically, which is it am I a staff employee or freelancer, make up your mind. Knew folks who were permalancers for them for as long as 15 years or more. pretty sure if they could, more than half of employees would be classified that way. its a real cr---y situation.
however, in this situation,i think you are misguided by thinking you can " dictate where we work from". Obviously, I have no idea what you role is, but you still work for them, if they tell you to head back to office, pick your battles here, go back. Then, try to negotiate a remote work situation if feasible. You say you have a contract with them, next reup, negotiate. You know whats best for yourself, but my advice is get out of there ASAP. if you are true freelancer, line gigs up soon as your contract approaches its end, before they offer up an extension . if you found yourself in a situation where you really did not want to be a permanent freelancer, PBE that project never ends or cast and crew but took the gig, seriously, seek out FT staff position with another company. It will only get worse, best of luck to you.
No, YOU'RE the id--t and apparent corporate shill. Perfectly legitimate and very fair question. And the answer is, this is a CORPORATION. They DO NOT CARE about anything but the bottom line. $$$$! Which is hard to make with a FAILURE as a leader. Last, last, last. Bad ideas a plenty. Reboot, reboot, reboot. Complete garbage all around. The employees that contribute to making the bad ideas come true due to no choice of their own, should be heavily compensated. This company would be nothing without them as all they do is sp-t out cr-p on a daily basis. How many times do we need more Godfather stories to be told since the movie came out in 1972? That's you're play? LOSERS!