Temporary Workers of America represents Lionbridge's Tier1 employees in the Microsoft's App Certification Lab.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Tentative Collective Bargaining Agreement Between Lionbridge and Temporary Workers of America
This Saturday morning, from 9AM to 2PM. five of us negotiated with three Lionbridge's representatives a contract in the context of the upcoming layoffs. You can read the content of this addendum here. Were present for the union, Lizzie Mueth, Jeff Chapman, Leo Guerra, Colin Sweeney and Philippe Boucher . We obtained a severance payment for people leaving voluntarily or not: 4 weeks pay plus one week per year of presence. We don't know how many people will be concerned (we were told between 10 and 20) and the date would be August 10. For the people who will stay, the minimal pay will be $19.50 per hour, becoming $20 six months later. They'll also become eligible for merit pay based increases on the second payroll period after ratification. People with more than 9 months of employment immediately become regular with all the benefits linked to this classification: paid company holidays and paid time off increasing with the years of employment, more than the 15 days we have now. Lionbridge told us they were considering parental leave but nothing was decided yet. We'll see. The five of us felt this was the best we could get so we accepted this offer and it will be submitted to a ratification vote by all lab employees this coming Wednesday. You should receive printed copies of the agreement at the office on Monday and we'll post it online as well as soon as possible. The selective process to determine who is laid off will rely on the last three evaluations and made by Tier2s with at least one year in their position. It was very difficult to devise a fair system of selection and we thought this was the best possible option in a process that remains inherently painful and somehow subjective. In exchange of Lionbridge's concessions the union agreed to abandon after the ratification of this agreement all NLRB charges pending against Lionbridge and Microsoft. We think this was a best effort and we hope you'll support it. If you have any questions, email us or talk with the people who attended this meeting. It was very generous of them to devote so much time of their week end to this negotiation and contribute key valuable suggestions. Have a good week end.