Saturday, August 24, 2019

3 years of misery inside Google, the happiest company in tech.

Required reading: 3 years of misery inside Google, the happiest company in tech, by Nitasha Tiku, in Wired, August 13, 2019. How will the revolt evolve after many of the main organizers left or were let go?

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The more things change, the more they stay the same: Temps 1997 - 2019

NYT May 28, 2019, by Daisuke Wakabayashi
The exploitation of the temps by High Tech companies started more than 20 years earlier, Microsoft leading the way:

LA Times December 7, 1997 by Leslie Helm (later Editor of Seattle Business Magazine)
"And earlier this year, about 90 receptionists were fired and told that Microsoft's clerical needs would henceforth be handled by an outside provider, with which they could enlist. Along with their jobs, those employees lost their Microsoft benefits and stock options.
"We were overpaying them," said Bob Herbold, Microsoft's chief operating officer." 
And the push to use more temporary workers has paid off for the company. “Boy, it’s had a positive impact financially,” Herbold said in an interview.
From C-Net January 2002 about Herbold's compensation, who was the highest paid employee (more than twice what Gates was paid) or Seattle Times, September 30, 1997 by Michele Matassa Flores (now Executive Editor of the Seattle Times).
Microsoft's chief operating officer Bob Herbold received $1.18 million in salary and bonuses last year, and another $3 million from selling stock
Was he overpaid?

Google Shadow Workforce

Excellent article by Daisuke Wakabayashi in the New York Times about the exploitation of temporary workers by Google. Leslie Helm's article about Microsoft's abuse of its temps in the LA Times in December 1997. Plus ├ža change...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

No vacation nation, revised CEPR report

Announcing here the revised report from the CEPR, revising their reports of 2007 and 2013:
Nearly 1-in-4 Americans Receive No Paid Vacation or Holidays
WASHINGTON - The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) first published a study comparing paid vacation time in the US to other rich countries in 2007 and again in 2013. In a newly revised report released today, No-Vacation Nation, Revised reports that the United States continues to be the only advanced economy that does not guarantee its workers any paid vacation time or holidays.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Chronology 2018

February 23: The union membership accepts Lionbridge's settlement proposal
March 26: The union sends the signed settlement proposal to NLRB
April 10: The union learns that the NLRB in DC has rejected the petition by Microsoft and Lionbridge to stop the investigation about the joint employment charges
April 18: In conformity with the settlement agreement the union confirms to NLRB the request to withdraw the charges against Microsoft and Lionbridge
April 19: email sent to former Tier1s about the settlement
April 22: post about Coding and coercion, an interview with Bjorn Westergard published in the magazine  Jacobin on April 18
April 25: opinion published in the NYT: Workers of Silicon Valley it's time to organize, by Kevin Roose
April 28: the settlement checks arrive
August 23 2018: Article by Josh Eidelson in Bloomberg News: Microsoft bug testers unionized. Then they were dismissed.
August 30: Paid parental leave matters: Microsoft will require 12 weeks of paid parental leave (2/3 of pay) announced by VP Dev Stahlkopf

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Paid parental leave matters: Microsoft requires 12 weeks of paid parental leave for its contractors employees

The new paid parental leave requirement was announced in the Microsoft's blog by Corporate VP  Dev Stahlkopf with the headline: Paid parental leave matters. Read the interesting comments by Nat Levy in Geekwire, the Seattle Times (Rachel Lerman). Probably more to come. Congratulations to Microsoft's management for moving in the right direction. Now the questions should be asked to other big high tech companies (Google, FB, Amazon, etc): what are your paid parental leave requirements for your contractors? Still unresolved for Microsoft's contractors employees, and it does count: the status of the public holidays (about 10 per year). They should be additional paid time off coming on top of the 'at least 15 days' presently required, not included within the 15 days of PTO.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Our story according to Bloomberg-Businessweek

Here. RIP? By Josh Eidelson and Hassan Kanu on August 23, 2018