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Temp work in high-tech industry

By HansRiemer in News
Tue Mar 28, 2000 at 08:17:33 AM EST
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An article from Wired discusses a recent public hearing in CA about the use and abuse of temp and contract workers in high-tech. Many monsters of the industry pretend as though their manufacturing workers are temps in order to deny them benefits, fair pay, and labor rights. Manufacturing used to provide the best jobs! New Economy eats the Old Economy, but in a cannibalistic, Jupiter-eats-Saturn kind of way.


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Temp work in high-tech industry | 8 comments (8 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Ah. Technology AND culture. My vo... (none / 0) (#6)
by nascent on Mon Mar 27, 2000 at 09:32:24 PM EST

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Ah. Technology AND culture. My vote...
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This is pretty relevant. ... (none / 0) (#1)
by rongen on Mon Mar 27, 2000 at 09:55:48 PM EST

rongen voted 1 on this story.

This is pretty relevant.
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I believe Microsoft is one of the w... (none / 0) (#4)
by evro on Tue Mar 28, 2000 at 12:30:56 AM EST

evro voted 1 on this story.

I believe Microsoft is one of the worst offenders in this regard. I read on wired a while back that there is a rift between the permanent and temporary employees -- temps are treated as second class citizens. They are referred to as "a dashes" because their email address begin with "a-", like "a-bob@microsoft.com" so they are readily identifiable as temps. I just searched wired for the story but their search sucks. Temps get no perks was the general gist, no company gym, etc.
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The Wired Article (5.00 / 1) (#7)
by evro on Tue Mar 28, 2000 at 08:45:40 AM EST

Redmond Report: The Lower-Caste Life of a Microsoft Temp
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the state of California just re-cla... (none / 0) (#2)
by del on Tue Mar 28, 2000 at 03:08:40 AM EST

del voted 1 on this story.

the state of California just re-classified me from "contract" to "fulltime" employee for a contract job i held last year. bastards!
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how perfectly goddamned delightful it all is, to be sure

The article has a good point, but m... (none / 0) (#5)
by your_desired_username on Tue Mar 28, 2000 at 03:17:48 AM EST

your_desired_username voted -1 on this story.

The article has a good point, but makes it poorly. Shallow, like Wired always is. A real article on this same topic would be excellent, but Wired's insipid blurb trivializes the issuse.

Didn't M$ get done over for abusing... (none / 0) (#3)
by hattig on Tue Mar 28, 2000 at 05:18:22 AM EST

hattig voted 0 on this story.

Didn't M$ get done over for abusing temp workers and then have to pay them a lot of money? This is a good reason for having a union of tech workers.

Re: Temp work in high-tech industry (none / 0) (#8)
by HansRiemer on Tue Mar 28, 2000 at 04:06:13 PM EST

Microsoft got sued because, basically, what they do is use the temporary worker classification to deny certain parts of their workforce (decided arbitrarily, of course!) fair pay, benefits, rights. They even force them to take "time off" which means go unpaid, in order to perpetuate the chicanery. These people should be regular employees. Its a classic shell game that's rampand in the industry. Microsoft lost in the Supreme Court but that battle isn't over yet, by any stretch. There's actually a union for tech workers-- its called www.washtech.org and they kick some major butt in Seattle.

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