Highly paid tech employees, who were once the face of gentrification as they pushed housing costs up with their large salaries, are now also feeling the heat of Silicon Valley's housing market.

There's been a recent uptick in tech employees joining local housing cost protests, because even as some of the most highly paid employees in the country, these employees are spending more than 50% of their monthly income on housing.

In this article for Inc., Tess Townsend follows the trend of tech employees getting involved in civic engagement as they watch their neighbors, local firefighters and teachers, struggle to make ends meet.

"On one level, most of us, if not all of us, have friends who work in aspects of the tech industry," says Christopher Cook, an activist and freelance writer. "It's not about demonizing tech workers or the tech industry."

Speaking on general housing trends in San Francisco, Matthew Hardy, communications director of teachers union United Educators of San Francisco, said following the protest that the tech industry "is just the face of it. It's really the reckless real estate speculators that are part of this."

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