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Latest Cutbacks at Twitter HQ See Food Workers Lose Jobs

Written by Garrett LeahyPublished Dec. 09, 2022 • 5:21pm
The Twitter logo hangs on the buildings facade along 10th Street in San Francisco on Nov. 10, 2022. | Benjamin Fanjoy/The Standard

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In the latest cutbacks at Twitter’s Market Street headquarters, food service workers have lost their jobs, The Standard has learned.

Twitter told Palo Alto-based food vendor Bon Appetit Management Company that their deal with the tech company had been canceled Friday, Bon Appetit confirmed.

Bon Appetit said the contract between them and Twitter had ended “for convenience.”

“Twitter has had significant change, and the food service program is part of that,” a Bon Appetit spokesperson said.

In an aerial view, a sign is seen posted on the exterior of Twitter headquarters on April 27, 2022, in San Francisco. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Bon Appetit worker Christian Martin told The Standard he had been on staff at the Mid-Market offices along with around 50 other employees who lost their jobs. Bon Appetit did not confirm the specific number of employees laid off at Twitter.

The Bon Appetit spokesperson added: “Understanding these changes impacts our team of dedicated foodservice employees in two states, we have been working closely with them to find opportunities to move into other open roles at locations we operate in the area and are glad that many will choose to stay with our company.”

The food worker layoffs are the latest in a string of cutbacks at Twitter.

New CEO Elon Musk has made a point of lowering costs at the tech company, making sweeping layoffs and telling employees that they must work long hours if they want to stay, even installing bedrooms at the company’s headquarters.

Martin said that the end of the contract between Bon Appetit and Twitter was discussed previously in a company meeting roughly two weeks ago, and that food workers knew ahead of time that Dec. 9 would be their last day.

As Martin waited to board a BART train heading to his Pittsburg home, he said that he will miss Twitter because it was an enjoyable place to work.

“It was a fun place to work at,” Martin said.

Twitter did not respond to requests for comment.

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Garrett Leahy can be reached at [email protected]


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