Grindr’s HQ in WeHo loses half its staff in labor dispute

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In the midst of a labor organization initiative, Grindr Inc. is grappling with a substantial decrease in its workforce, a situation exacerbated by a newly implemented return-to-office policy.

As reported by Bloomberg, the stringent rule, which mandates employees to work from specific “hub” offices two days a week, has been met with resistance, leading to the resignation of around 80 out of 178 workers, as disclosed by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

The labor union, which has recently filed its second complaint against Grindr in a month, perceives the company’s move as a tactic to stifle employees’ concerns about their working conditions. The policy came shortly after a significant number of employees expressed their intention to unionize, a move that is still seeking official recognition from the company.

Grindr’s CEO, George Arison, discussed the ongoing situation at a conference, indicating that the company anticipates further reductions in the staff. He noted the short-term financial gains of operating with a smaller team but acknowledged the substantial role of personnel costs in the company’s expenditure, second only to app distribution fees.

Erick Cortez, a member of the organizing group, raised concerns over the app’s stability and user safety, citing the diminished workforce. He accused Grindr of attempting to mute the workers and obstruct their right to organize, irrespective of the potential repercussions.

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Despite the internal strife, Grindr has revised its annual revenue and profit projections upward, attributing the positive outlook to the enthusiastic reception of its new subscription services and features. The company’s shares have seen a 17% increase this year.

The unfolding scenario at Grindr is reflective of a broader tension in the corporate sector, with many companies, including giants like Amazon and AT&T, enforcing return-to-office rules. These policies have sparked debates on employee autonomy and productivity, with research suggesting potential negative impacts on worker satisfaction and engagement.

The labor organization initiative, backed by a considerable portion of the prospective bargaining unit of around 100 employees, continues to forge ahead despite lacking the company’s endorsement. The CWA maintains that Grindr’s policy is retaliatory, a response to the union drive initiated in July.

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WeHo Mary!
WeHo Mary!
9 months ago

I’m sure everyone in West Hollywood will delete Grindr, since we’re SUCH a progressive city, even if it means missing out on a few hookups.

Davedi
Davedi
9 months ago

Why don’t they just say that it’s two days a week at the office for work and three days a week for hooking up?

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
9 months ago

Given Grindr’s union busting efforts let’s hope the City Council passes a resolution that Cal-PERS, the retirement plan for our municipal employees, divests itself of all Grindr stock.

Larry Block
Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

asking your employees to return to the office two days a week is union busting?

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
9 months ago
Reply to  Larry Block

Apparently irony is lost on this crowd.

Just another
Just another
9 months ago
Reply to  Larry Block

When you publish a fellow business’s PR which states clearly that “The labor union, which has recently filed its second complaint against Grindr in a month, perceives the company’s move as a tactic to stifle employees’ concerns about their working conditions. The policy came shortly after a significant number of employees expressed their intention to unionize, a move that is still seeking official recognition from the company,” yes, this is clearly union busting and definitely in line with this publication’s anti-labor position over all. When half your workforce leaves because lf union busting, it’s definitely union busting. I don’t know… Read more »

Larry Block
Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  Just another

First of all, the news was a press release, and it was picked up by many media. Brandon posted/wrote the story and I do not edit him. There is no plot. With no staff and no employees we do what we can. You are full of assumptions but not all unions are the same, large groups of workers need union representation as a company cannot negotiate with every individual, and smaller companies are able to deal with their staff one on one. Grindr has a high rent in the Pacific Design Center, and they want a united team, two days… Read more »

Just another
Just another
9 months ago
Reply to  Larry Block

Do you demand the names of those who support you? Do you ALWAYS censor opinions you do not like amd leave up only those you do?
You didn’t post my last retort, making me wonder about your integrity.

Larry Block
Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  Just another

many people monitor the board, dont know your post, and nobody demanding anything, when you use your real name then you can speak to integrity.

Larry Block
Admin
9 months ago
Reply to  Larry Block

no that is what your saying. your doing all finger pointing at me or them on your own.

Just another
Just another
9 months ago
Reply to  Larry Block

Andrew Carnegie was lauded in nis time for providing wages for work.
Then unions.
Read up on the Haymarket Massacre for the real way to handle uppity employees.
Maybe run a feature on business’s responsibility towards workers.

voter
voter
9 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Democrats don’t want to work. They want to stay home and get paid to slack off. I used to think Steve was a moderate and was glad to support him in most of his elections but he is even against workers returning to work in West Hollywood while businesses shutter. I won’t vote for him again.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
9 months ago
Reply to  voter

Ham,

You have stated many times you don’t even live in West Hollywood. So how would you be voting in our local elections anyway?

Weho resident
Weho resident
9 months ago
Reply to  voter

Your so right . Democrats are the party of lazy, unmotivated people who don’t shoot higher then minimum wage.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
9 months ago
Reply to  Weho resident

The employees at Grindr were not making minimum wage lol

But to just assume minimum wage workers are lazy is just dumb. Have you ever worked a minimum wage job before?

Steven
Steven
9 months ago

How charming of corporate L.A. to force its barely-above-poverty-line employee base to work in L.A. offices while it is beyond expensive to live in L.A. for 99% of these employees. Way to crack that whip, elites! Maybe unionization would not be spreading as much as it is if businesses only treated their workers better. But no. If it’s French Revolution you want, it’s French Revolution you will get..

Truthteller
Truthteller
9 months ago
Reply to  Steven

Lol…
Y’all cry “poor me” because you have to actually leave your couch to work?

Newsflash. You ARE the elites.. Try flipping burgers from your couch myguy.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
9 months ago

COVID ushered in an era of white-collar elitism and arrogance that showing and being present at a workplace is for lowly blue-collar and service workers. Bus drivers, construction workers, grocery store workers, doctors, nurses, pilots, flight attendants, and garbage workers all show up to work. Time to end the entitlement culture, especially in the tech sector.

Kevin
Kevin
9 months ago

They played right into Grindrs hand. Many tech companies are using the back to office policy to trim people they needed to anyways. I do not think all or even most of the 80 are weho based but truly remote or in NY. The good news is, as they start to add after rightsizing, hopefully the positions will be in the weho HQ. More people working out of their HQ is good for weho businesses. Mr Arison is a smart and savvy businessman.

Uron
Uron
9 months ago

Entitled Gen Z

Steve
Steve
9 months ago

Having two full time jobs is much more difficult when you have to show up at two offices all day. Much easier when working from home!

Kiss it
Kiss it
9 months ago

They are so stupid these employees !but it’s OK their rent is still due the car note is still due their cell phone bill for them to cruise the Internet and waste time on the Internet and all the sex apps will go away if they don’t pay that cell phone bill!!!
Get to work losers!
If they were so smart they would own the business so until that point get to work

Just another
Just another
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiss it

And in this economy with so many jobs available to smart people they will prosper and thrive in situations that don’t put them in the poorhouse.
Some will start businesses of their own and help develop this entrepeneurial economy.
Stop asking big business to supply YOU with employment and make some jobs yourself.

BloodshotEyeGuy
BloodshotEyeGuy
9 months ago

Wow! 80 cool jobs just opened up at Grinder.

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