Evidently, Chuck is very low on the food chain.The reaction to The New York Times article on social media was passionate. Many non-parents genuinely feel they are being asked to pick up the slack for colleagues with children during the pandemic while their own needs are ignored. There was also a strong sense of parents having made their choice to have children and now needing to suck it up.
The underlying tension has been there for a while, of course, but it is exacerbated by the pandemic, especially in the US where the coronavirus has run rampant and there is a much stronger sense of individual versus collective entitlement.
A workplace relationship is by definition transactional and there needs to be quid pro quo.
If a non-parent is being asked to "pick up the slack" on a prolonged basis, that's not OK. If they feel they're carrying the load of other team members beyond the point of being reasonable, they are within their rights to push back and say "no" or demand to be rewarded commensurate with that extra effort.
This shit has been happening in Australia well before the pandemic in the Public and Private sector and employers are gutless too put in place a roster system that includes employee with children taking their turn with overtime and holiday periods!
That is simply a taste of the mistreatment of non child obligated employees by gutless employers!