Thursday, October 30, 2014

An 'inadvertent clerical error'

Lionbridge informed us yesterday that because of an 'inadvertent clerical error' we were sent a document that contained confidential information that the Union had not requested.
We were unaware it was there as there had been no such information in the previous similar  documents we had received.
As soon as this was confirmed we asked the people who usually receive updates from our part to immediately delete the questionable file and confirm to us this had been done.
We understand this has caused and understandably a certain amount of concern for our co-workers.
All our apologies for the stress caused by Lionbridge's 'inadvertent clerical error' that we hope will remain harmless.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

About the move and Thanksgiving

The concern is aggravated by Thanksgiving taking place the next Thursday and Microsoft closing for the Friday after Thanksgiving. That's 3 days without pay in a short period of time.
You asked me what the Union can do.
As your representative the Union can ask Lionbridge to negotiate about any event impacting our working conditions and those decisions certainly do.
Therefore, if that's what you want I can file a formal request to ask Lionbridge to negotiate about that, suggesting alternatives, like another date for the move, that we get paid, that they offer overtime paid overtime, etc. 

It does not mean Lionbridge will agree to anything but we'll have expressed our concerns and maybe Microsoft will also notice. 
After all I hope they don't want an unhappy workforce and they could also make an effort as they did once when they paid us while keeping us home because there was no work. 
OK that was when the team was very small and it did not last but as Satya Nadella got himself a $3.6 million cash bonus,maybe we could also get a bonus for all our good work all those years? Like getting paid for those 3 days where we cannot work.
What do you think?
What do you want?
Let me know.
Take care

PS: I had also been asked where we were with the incorporation of the Union. I had told it was pending. I just received this afternoon the certificate from the Secretary of State (see picture on the previous post).
PPS: as for Lionbridge's executives they bought back $2.9 million of stock so they are not doing poorly either.

Temporary Workers of America is incorporated

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lionbridge's answer to our request for information

Find below the text of the e-mail I received from Jeanne Schreuder in answer to our request.
She included in an attachment a list of all the lab's Tier1s employees (or considered as such) with their date of hiring, classification and hourly pay rate.
For those of you who are Lionbridge Tier1s who have not contacted the union and would be interested to receive this document, send us an e-mail with your name: we'll send you the confidentiality agreement for you to approve and then email you this document.
Our e-mail is temporaryworkersofamerica at
Have a good week-end

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Information request for the purpose of collective bargaining and scheduling of first meeting

Find below the e-mail sent Tuesday October 7th to Jeanne Schreuder, Vice President Human Resources for Lionbridge.

To the attention of Jeanne Schreuder
Vice President 
Human Resources
Lionbridge Technologies

From Philippe Boucher
Temporary Workers of America

Dear Jeanne,

In order to prepare for negotiations, the union hereby requests the following information to be provided by Friday october 17.

A list of current Tier1 employees with their date of hire, job classification, languages spoken, rate of pay and evolution of this rate if applicable

The rate paid by Microsoft for those employees

The number of days and dates of unpaid time off taken by each employee year by year since their hire

The number of hours paid overtime for each employee, year by year since their hire

As for scheduling our first bargaining meeting we propose Friday October 24th from 3.30 to 5.30, Monday 27 or Wednesday29 (same hours).

We propose using a conference room of the downtown Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, that can be used for a $50 fee.

Sincerely yours,

Philippe Boucher
Temporary Workers of America
Collective Bargaining Representative of the Lionbridge Technologies Tier1 employees in the WSCC Lab

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Surfing the web this morning to find some additional information about paid parental leave I find this 2011 report by Human Rights Watch and this just published post by Secretary of Labor Tom Perez (reposted below). Can something be done at the Lionbridge/Microsoft level? I have a few ideas. What about you?