Friday, January 9, 2015

Chronology 2015

January 7, 2015: collective bargaining 3rd meeting

January 13, 2015: Article in the Boston Globe 'Microsoft labmates bargain for benefits'

January 15, 2015: Article in the Seattle Times 'Labor issues at Microsoft prompt talks of policy changes'

February 3: Opening of a blog for Temporary Workers of America

February 10: collective bargaining 4th meeting in the presence of attorney Dmitri Iglitzin (with financial support of AFL-CIO) to advise TWA

February 27: collective bargaining 5th meeting: Lionbridge initial proposal with zero paid leave of any kind (in the presence of Danielle Franco-Malone to advise TWA)

March 10, 2015: Publication of L'Autre MoitiƩ de Microsoft (French version of The Other Microsoft) on Amazon-Kindle.

March 24, 2015: Presentation of TWA for the students of the Design for Social Change class at Cornish School of the Arts: they are going to produce images and video clips pro bono for TWA.

March 24, 2015: Article about Lionbridge CEO 2014 compensation

March 24, 2015: Charge for bargaining in bad faith filed with NLRB by TWA against Lionbridge (for refusing to provide the contract with Microsoft and the amount Microsoft pays for each employee). Charge withdrawn on May 19.

March 26: Brad Smith's Announcement about Microsoft new requirement that suppliers provide at least 15 days of paid time off to their employees

March 27, 2015: several articles about TWA, in the Seattle Times, the Washington Post, etc.

March 30, 2015: Creation of the blog Paid Time Off Matters to monitor the implementation of Microsoft's announcement.

April 16, 2015: Microsoft CEO invited to the White House as 'champion of change' because of their new paid leave requirement for their suppliers

May 1st, 2015: Article in Business Week Bloomberg News: 'Microsoft's contract workers are organizing'

May 12, 2015: Facebook announcement about their new policy requiring paid time off and providing paid parental leave for their suppliers employees

May 16, 2015: Article in the Seattle Times, "Image says it all for Microsoft temps', about the images produced by the Cornish Students.

May 19, 2015: TWA withdraws its charge against Lionbridge for bargaining in bad faith.

May 22, 2015: TWA petition to Microsoft on coworking.orgMemorial Day should be a paid holiday for all 40.000 Microsoft temporary workers

May 29, 2015: collective bargaining 6th meeting; cancelled at the last minute on the advice of our attorneys because there was only one union representative available

May 29, 2015: Lionbridge files with NLRB a charge against TWA for bargaining in bad faith

June 8, 2015: Department of Labor explains how the lack of paid leave disproportionally impacts low wage workers

June 9, 2015: Disengagement letter from attorneys Dmitri Iglitzin and Danielle Franco-Malone, ending legal advice for TWA.

June 30, 2015: Lionbridge contract with Microsoft is renewed. TWA is informed by a Microsoft employee that it contains a clause requiring Lionbridge to provide at least 15 days of paid time off.

July17, 2015: collective bargaining 7th meeting: Lionbridge now includes 15 days of paid time off in its proposal.

August 2, 2015: Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft Executive Vice President for HR, announces new benefits (2 new paid holidays and extendend paid parental leave of 12 weeks) for Microsoft 'direct' employees

August 13, 2015: Microsoft Chief Procurement Officer Mike Simms writes about policy changes for US suppliers (including the 15 days of PTO requirement)

August 20, 2015: collective bargaining 8th meeting: TWA accepts Lionbridge contract proposal.

August 26, 2015: TWA petition to Microsoft 'Stop paid leave discrimination' launched on

August 27, 2015: NLRB decision in Browning-Ferris Industries (Joint Employment criteria)

September 3, 2015: Testimony in support of Marilyse in front of the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals about her occupational injury claim for incapacitating repetitive stress syndrom.

September 8, 2015: Lionbridge informs TWA that they have received 'some further elaboration from Microsoft as to its expectations'  concerning the PTO requirement. Finalizing the contract proposal should therefore take 'a few more days'.

September 21, 2015: Lionbridge sends their contract proposal to TWA

September 23, 2015: TWA expresses concerns about the wording of the confidentiality clause (article 5) and the clause about the use of PTO (article 7)

October 17, 2015: TWA invites Kathleen Hogan, Microsoft’s HR Executive Vice President to attend the next collective bargaining meeting on October 23 as joint employer

October 23, 2015: two hours before the meeting Mike Simms, Microsoft’s Chief Procurement Officer (see August 13) declines via email TWA’s request, stating Microsoft is not a joint employer.

October 23, 2015: article in the Seattle Times: Microsoft declines union invitation to the bargaining table

September 3, 2015: Testimony in support of Marilyse in front of the Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals about her occupational injury claim (for incapacitating repetitive stress syndrom)

October 17, 2015: TWA invites Microsoft to attend the next collective bargaining meeting as a joint employer.

October 23, 2015: Microsoft declines the invitation to the bargaining table for the ninth collective bargaining meeting taking place that very day

October 26, 2015: TWA polls its own members about Microsoft as a joint employer (80% agree they are) and if TWA should ask NLRB to determine Microsoft’s joint employer status (90% support such a filing).
October 28: TWA files a charge against Microsoft with NLRB for refusing to bargain as a joint employer - Case 19-CA-162985

November 3r 2015: Confidential Witness Affidavit given to NLRB

November 9, 2015: Lionbridge attracts hedge fund billionaire Lee Cooperman for a 7% stake of $23 million (Boston Business Journal). Lionbridge announces a $50 million share 
repurchase program

November 12, 2015: Employees refuse to ratify the tentative bargaining agreement (20 NO and 5 YES)

November 19, 2015: Lionbridge decides to implement the 15 days of paid time off provision despite the rejection of the bargaining agreement. TWA does not object.

November 21, 2015: Thanksgiving @ Microsoft: the stinging bitterness of an unpaid holiday.

December 10, 2015: Human Rights Day. TWA explains again why Microsoft is in violation of its commitment to respect human rights as stated in the Universal Declaration and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (articles 7d and 10.2) 

December 22, 2015: How much did Microsoft and Lionbridge save/take from their employees by not providing paid leave nor paid public holidays? Up to $17.600 for 4 year employee.

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