One month into quarantine, kids are unionizing

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Since the start of lockdown, there

have been plenty of stories about

teachers adjusting to teaching online.

how young adults are struggling to

work from their parents’ home and even

how pets are handling the adjustment.

But now there’s another, unexpected reaction to

spending too much time at home — this time from kids,

some of whom appear to have started unionizing.

Farhad Manjoo, an opinion columnist for the

New York Times, shared his kids’ list of demands —

concluded with a threat of war — on Twitter.

“We would like to have some power in this house.

Example: Control bedtime, how long our

walks are, when we get to watch TV. If you do

not sign we will declare war on the parents”.

Twitter users noted that it looked like the kids

had crossed out “when we get to watch TV,” perhaps

because the walk issue was more pressing.

It’s unclear whether the walks the family

has been taking are too long or too short.

The note inspired other parents to share

what their kids have been writing to them.

“Mine have gone full police state and

are now ticketing us for infractions”.

“We offered our son a per-bag fee for bagging

leaves and moving the bags to the curb and he

taped this to a stick and marched around the

yard with it and he’s now a labor organizer”.

“man can i empathize”.

Even though Manjoo’s kids only

had two demands, he confirmed that

no one ended up signing the contract

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