December 5, 2011: Start on the Redmond campus of the Microsoft's lab to certify apps for the Windows Store (10 Tier 1 employees supplied by Lionbridge Technologies)
December 12, 2012: Email to Dan Bross (Microsoft Corporate Citizenship and Public Affairs) about Microsoft's commitment to Human Rights via the UN Global Compact (article 24 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay”)
January 1st, 2013: Creation of the blog
August 2nd, 2013: Marilyse B is fired by Lionbridge after having asked for benefits for the Tier 1 employees. Soon later she files a charge with NLRB against Lionbridge for retaliation.
January 2014: NLRB finds in favor of Marilyse. She settles with Lionbridge and the charge is abandoned.
March 2014: Beginning of the organizing drive for TWA with the creation and collection of authorizing cards.
August 1st 2014: TWA files with NLRB the petition to organize a vote for the union. Creation of the blog to communicate with fellow lab workers.
September 11, 2014: vote in favor of TWA as union representing Tier1 Lionbridge Technologies employees in the Windows Store App Certification lab in Redmond (at the time).
October 11, 2014: Publication of by Philippe Boucher ( and Kindle versions)
October 14, 2014: Bill Gates publishes on his blog ', his review of Thomas Piketty's book, Capital in the 21st century.
November 7, 2014: Philippe Boucher is disciplined by Lionbridge with a 'written warning' for The Other Microsoft because it 'unacceptably disparaged Microsoft and Lionbridge'.
November 8: contact via email with Microsoft's Board of Directors about the lack of paid leave for supplier's employees, situation described in The Other Microsoft.
November 14, 2014: collective bargaining first meeting
December 11, 204: Philippe Boucher files a discrimination charge against Lionbridge for the 'written warning' about The Other Microsoft.
December 18, 2014: collective bargaining second meeting