Friday, January 6, 2017

Chronology 2017

January 23, 2017: The American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution launch a joint blog project: Paid family leave: an issue whose time has come

February 8, 2017: Newly created group, Pay + Leave USA launches its paid leave campaign targeting Starbucks discriminatory policies.

February 16, 2017: TWA files a petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). TAA is a federal program that assists US workers who lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade, like when the worker's firm has shifted provision of services to a foreign country. "This program seeks to provide affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources and support necessary to become reemployed."


February 22: Article in the Seattle Times by Sandi Doughton confirming Melinda Gates concern for paid leave via her personal executive office organization, Pivotal Ventures.

March 1, 2017: Lionbridge's shareholders approve acquisition by HIG Capital.

May 16, 2017: Microsoft announces 'landmark partnership' with the UN Human Rights Office but still does not implement paid family leaves nor paid public holidays for its suppliers employees in the US, contrary to existing UN and ILO conventions.

May 20, 2017: New report by PL+US about The Haves and Havenots of paid family leave in the US.

May 22: Lionbridge and Microsoft file petitions to oppose NLRB's subpoena requesting they communicate contents of their contracts and other documents about the layoffs

July 6, 2017: Department of Labor’s Determination of Eligibility to Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance is communicated to TWA. It was signed on June 30.

July 20, 2017: Lionbridge announces the nomination of a new CEO, John Fennelly, effective July 24.

July 24, 2017: Email from Lionbridge's counsel, Tim O'Connell, about the possibility of a settlement that would include a withdrawal of the NLRB charges.

August 15, 2017: Meeting between Union representatives Philippe Boucher and √Čric Osnes and Tim O'Connell, Lionbridge's Counsel to discuss an eventual settlement of the ULP and joint employment charges.