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Soaring gas prices pump the brakes on return-to-work efforts
Return-to-work efforts running out of gas, fueled by record-high prices
FOX Business’ Hillary Vaughn reports on employees raising concerns that the cost of gas wipes out their paycheck and ability to commute.
After the national gas price average hit a new record-high overnight Friday, some employees are raising concerns that they can’t afford daily commutes amid pain at the pump.
Google Maps workers recently wrote in a petition that the cost of gas wiped out their paychecks, which was followed by support from the workers’ union for Google’s parent company Alphabet signaling in a tweet "there’s a problem" "when you’re not even paid enough to make it to work."
"Gas is around $5 per gallon currently," the petition read, per The New York Times' report, "and many of us in the office are not able to afford to live close to the office due to our low salaries and the high cost of housing."
But it’s not just tech workers – 22% of Americans commute 30 minutes or more, according to data from Statista. However, to incentivize returning to the office, some companies are reportedly offering to waive parking fees or provide free lunch.
GAS PRICES ON THE ROAD TO $5 NATIONWIDE VERY SOON
The national average for a gallon of gas was $4.76 on Friday, according to AAA, However, even before prices reached their current highs, employees economized by working from home. According to Upwork, Americans saved a combined $758 million in gas costs from commutes.