About the Book
Even after working full-time for years, many employees -in fact almost half of Microsoft's workforce- are contracted through vendors who misclassify them as "temporary". As a result they do not receive any benefits: no paid sick leave; no paid family leave; and, no paid vacation. While Microsoft reportedly takes very good care of its "direct" employees, often receiving high marks in "best places to work for" lists, because it provides them with significant benefits, the company continues to ignore the situation of the "permatemps" who work for years on end, often receiving no paid leave until they are let go.
Microsoft is a signatory of the UN Global Compact and it publicly asserts its commitment to the implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As such, Microsoft should make sure its US suppliers employees get the basic benefits that are mentioned in the Declaration, including Article 24 about "periodic holidays with pay".
At one small lab on Microsoft's campus in Redmond, frustration with this situation has compelled workers with over two years, to unionize. They voted on September 11, 2014 to form Temporary Workers of America and choose it as their exclusive collective bargaining representative: a first in the high tech milieu.
This short book tells their story and their hope for positive changes. NOW.
On March 26, Microsoft's Executive Vice President, Brad Smith, published a post on the official Microsoft's blog : Paid Time Off Matters. Microsoft decided to require that its suppliers provide at least 15 days of paid time off to their employees. The question now is how/when will this be implemented.
I have been an international tobacco control advocate for many years and from 2011 to 2017 I was a union organizer for Temporary Workers of America. Since September 2017 I have been involved in the tobacco harm reduction movement. For more details, visit http://philippe-boucher.com, http://thr-rendezvous.org that will provide additional links to my work.