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Like 'quiet quitting,' 'quiet firing' reveals more cracks within the workforce

Both "quiet quitting" and "quiet firing" point to general unhappiness within the workforce. (Pexels)

In the era of back-to-office battles, a labor shortage and increased unionization efforts across the country, employees and employers alike are labeling new terms to describe the state of the workforce.

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Workers for Austin pizza chain Via 313 stage protest for sick pay, safe COVID conditions

Employees at Austin pizza restaurant chain Via 313 are protesting for safer work conditions at the company's North Campus location Saturday. (Joshua Gamboa)

Workers at Detroit-style Austin pizza chain Via 313 are protesting for sick pay and better working conditions at the restaurant's North Campus location at noon on Saturday after upper management suspended four employees indefinitely earlier this week.

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Austin reinstates Stage 5 COVID guidelines amid omicron surge

Austin Public Health now recommends Austinites mask up or stay at home as it reinstated Stage 5 COVID guidelines Thursday.

Citing concern with Austin-area hospitals, a short-staffed labor force and the highest COVID transmission rate to date, Austin Public Health announced it would reinstate Stage 5 COVID risk-based guidelines on Thursday.

The city last imposed its highest risk-based guidelines in August 2021, when patients filled hospitals and ICU beds to capacity in the third surge triggered by the delta variant.

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