A handful of major Seattle employers have recently laid off employees. Two weeks ago, Microsoft let about 520 people go. The layoffs are the latest round of the 2,850 layoffs in total that are expected.
Microsoft's supplier Lionbridge also recently laid off all of its unionized workers, two months after completing its first contract with a group of temp workers. The reason given was reduced demand, and Lionbridge said the union had nothing to do with it. Regardless, employees should have the rights the union fought for - temporary worker classification, pay raises, severance pay, increased time off and paid holidays.
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