Sunday, September 21, 2014

Microsoft once (in 1998) required that its suppliers provide a few benefits to their 'temporary' employees

Especially important for people concerned about the present situation of 'permatemps' without any benefit provided by their staffing agency is the information given by Ron Lieber (read the extract below). It clearly shows that Microsoft at that time (1998) did require its suppliers to provide a set of benefits to their 'temporary' employees. Unfortunately I have not been able to find additional relevant information. My guess is that in the following years, for whatever reasons, the benefits requirements were abandoned.
August 2000: The permatemps contretemps, by Ron Lieber, Fast Company

Sunday, September 14, 2014

How many 'contingency workers', 'permatemps' are working for Microsoft today?

In January 2009, there were 41,255 'contingency employees' at Microsoft.
How many are there today?
How many vendors at Microsoft in June 2014 compared to the 41,255 of 2009? How many with benefits and how many without benefits?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Memory Lane: two excellent articles by Samatha M Shapiro about the 'permatemps' at Microsoft... 15 years ago

 The Temp's rights was published in February 1999 and Temporary Victory in May 1999, both in The Stranger. Samantha Shapiro is now a contributing writer with the New York Times and many other magazines. 14 years later, the Microsoft's temps are back to square 1.
The Vizcaino victory appears to have been quite temporary.