Hearst employees protested a mandatory return-to-work policy on Tuesday after claiming that management refused to work with them in good faith to come up with a mutually agreed upon plan. The company has been remote due to Covid-19 for over 20 months, and recently allowed a small number of employees the option to come back to the office a couple days a week.

Employees for the newspaper conglomerate had unionized under the Writer’s Guild of America East after months of negotiations beginning in the Summer of 2020. On Tuesday, they filed an unfair labor practices complaint through the National Labor Relations Board. After finally being acknowledged, the union is still bargaining for its first contract.

The documents claim, according to ABC News, that management at Hearst, which owns Elle, Men’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Good Housekeeping, and Cosmopolitan, among many others, failed to negotiate protocol for returning to the office with its workers.

Over 300 Hearst employees signed a petition as well, which was delivered to management detailing the need for various teams to decide what worked best for them when returning to the office, not what Hearst demands.

“We, the undersigned, trust in our colleagues to perform all their work responsibilities from the location that is most suitable to their needs,” the petition read. “We have seen our colleagues adapt to unprecedented changes in our work lives without a drop in productivity. We do not believe that a return to office is the same as a return to work, because for all Hearst employees, we have never stopped working, regardless of our location.”

“The petition stressed that “as a result of our extraordinary circumstances,” different magazines and teams of operation should be able to “make decisions that are appropriate for their work needs.”

According to The New York Times, Hearst is asking its employees to come into the office one day a week for the next two weeks starting on Nov. 15, and then two days a week until Spring 2022, when the company would require three days a week. Hearst is also requiring that all employees be vaccinated.

“We recognize that returning to the office is a big step and that some people are apprehensive about it,” said Debi Chirichella, Hearst’s president. “Adjusting to this new way of working will require the same flexibility, patience and collaboration that we all demonstrated when we began working from home.”

According to Jason Speakman, an associate digital visuals editor at Men’s Health and a member of the union’s bargaining committee, employees asked for a more flexible option last month but were rejected.

He told The New York Times that unlike many other workplaces around the country who are seeing employees quit en masse due to return-to-work orders, the reasons he has hearing from employees have nothing to do with the vaccination mandate, but the crowded commute and office space.

While some employees would gladly come back to the office if it was less than three days a week, many don’t want to give up “the extra hour of sleep in the morning when they’re not commuting.” Others allege that they still wouldn’t feel safe in a crowded subway New York City subway train, or even in the office.

Some rarer circumstances from employees claimed that they weren’t even in the city any more, and have been taking care of older and immunocompromised family members. Many employees have also had to stay home to take care of their children, who aren’t physically in school every day.

“Working from home has allowed me to see my family more while still being able to do my job,” said Seventeen editor Stacey Grant on Twitter. “It’s pure agony not being able to see them if I need to when there’s a health scare (like there was this past weekend).”

“Working from home allows me to do both,” she said. “Mental health matters.”