Microsoft yields to permatemps

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.


A recent settlement between Microsoft and a group of the company’s employees may signify an important change in the nature of employment in the hi-tech sector. Microsoft is forking over $97 million to its “permatemps” — temporary workers who had stayed with the company for months or years — and has accepted that the workers were entitled to some of the same benefits as permanent employees, reports IN THESE TIMES.

Recent Must Reads

1/13 – History’s homegrown plague

1/12 – Uruguay president says ‘legalize it’

1/11 – Drugs in the wild

1/10 – Turkish prison massacre Supporters of the permatemps say the case proves that tech companies will have a harder time depriving employees of pay and benefits in the future. Since the case first went to court, for instance, Microsoft has already added 3,000 temp workers to its permanent payrolls.

This permatemp case comes amid a growing push to increase the rights of hi-tech workers. A group of Amazon.com employees are currently trying to form a union in a case that’s seen as a bellwether for the industry.

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate