Temporary Workers of America
Even after working full-time for years, many employees — in fact almost half of Microsoft's workforce — are contracted through vendors who misclassify them as "temporary". As a result, they do not receive any benefits: no paid sick leave; no paid family leave; and, no paid vacation.
At one small lab on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, frustration with this situation has compelled workers with over two years to unionize. They voted on September 11, 2014 to form the Temporary Workers of America and chose it as their exclusive collective bargaining representative: a first in the high tech industry.
Temporary Workers of America is a start up union devoted to defend and promote the interests of workers classified as 'temporary', a mis/classification that is used to deprive them of the most basic benefits.
More more information, visit: temporaryworkersofamerica.org
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MICROSOFT: Give Memorial Day as paid leave holiday to your supplier's employeesThousands of people have worked for years for Microsoft via contractors-vendors, without having any paid time off. We think Microsoft's new policy should be fully implemented as soon as possible and Memorial Day seems a perfect and very symbolic date to start providing paid leave. Considering the present compensation rate of the 37 or so Tier1 tester/reviewers working for Microsoft and paid via Lionbridge Technologies we estimate the cost for one paid leave day is $5204. In comparison, Lionbridge CEO, Rory Cowan made last year between $1.522.275 and $2.89 million (that's including part of his stock options). Taking into account his $1.5 million compensation, one paid leave day for the 37 employees represents less than one day of Cowan's income and less than 4 hours when choosing his $2.9 million income. For the first quarter of 2015, Lionbridge posted record earnings and bought back 254.000 shares of its common stock for $1.4 million. We don't see any technical or financial obstacle to providing Memorial Day as a holiday for all contract employees and it would be a tangible sign that Microsoft takes its commitment seriously and will implement it promptly.58 of 100 SignaturesCreated by Philippe Boucher