SILICON VALLEY, CA – Silicon Valley tech companies are lobbying local government to pass a law that would create a government program to provide a universal basic income for low earning programmers.
“The median income for a programmer at the top 5 tech companies is a meager $200,000 a year,” an apologetic Sally Kaur, Employee Advocate at FANTB, the unofficial union of low earning workers at Facebook, Alphabet, Netflix, Twitter and Box. “They’re living in tent cities across the city and are having to work remotely at Starbucks for the free wifi!”
“I really don’t know how anyone can live in Silicon Valley and make under $4 million a year, the government really needs to step in and do something,” says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “To show we care we here at Facebook we are pledging to match, dollar for dollar, any program the government funds to guarantee a livable universal basic income for the lowest earning programmers.”
“I think it’s a great idea my starting salary was barely $150K,” says Eshaan Sierra, a Python programmer at Uber. “I wasn’t sure how I was going to make ends meet or even pay off my student loans but with a UBI I could at least start paying for Netflix instead of using my parents account!”
At publishing Facebook’s head of PR reached out and stipulated that the dollar for dollar match had a lifetime maximum limit of $1 million.