Microsoft recently announced it would make sure the contractors it uses provide paid time off to their workers. Over 80,000 of Microsoft’s 122,000 “employees” work through contractors or temp agencies. While this is a step in the right direction there are others, such as Philippe Boucher who works for one of Microsoft’s many contractors, is pushing for union recognition.
The Verge recently posted an expose on Amazon’s “non-compete” contracts it has its employees sign. These non-compete agreements force temp workers & laid off workers to agree not to work for any competitor who sells similar products as Amazon. Given the scope of products sold on Amazon, these agreements severely restrict where they can work.
“Noncompetes can also depress workers’ wages. Traditionally, a key strategy to keep employees from defecting to a competitor has been simply to offer competitive wages, but a company that uses non-compete agreements can feel less pressure to pay well.”
CHICAGO – Left unguarded, dangerous machines with moving parts cause hundreds of thousands of workers to suffer finger, hand or foot amputations and other serious injuries each year in the United States. Despite these dangers, one Chicago-based manufacturer has repeatedly ignored the risks and has been found in violation of safety and health standards four times in the last five years.
Edsal Manufacturing Co. was inspected again in September 2014 by U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators and cited for five repeated and 16 serious safety and health violations, including electrical hazards and failing to train workers in forklift operations and machine hazards. Edsal faces proposed penalties of $294,300 and has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.