December 01, 2000, 5:44 PM — 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.