Eighteen contractors working in Microsoft Corp.'s financial software group have formed a collective bargaining unit through the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, a Seattle local affiliated with the Communications Workers of America.
The workers are employed by various agencies, but all work full-time, on-site at the software giant. Sixteen of the workers have signed a petition outlining their goals to get equitable pay, better benefits and job classifications that are appropriate for the work they do.
Microsoft has been embroiled in an ongoing lawsuit with so-called perma-temps. On May 12, it was dealt a legal blow when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the workers were entitled to participate in the company's stock purchase plan. Microsoft employs approximately 6,000 contract workers.
This story, "Microsoft contractors form union" was originally published by Computerworld.