Layoffs in the Seattle Area

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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Seattle to Potentially Set Another Employment Record

Seattle was the first major city in the United States to set a minimum wage on a path to $15 an hour.  Now, Seattle may be the first to assist Uber drivers in unionizing.  Councilmember Mike O'Brien is fighting to give drivers the ability to bargain collectively despite the fact Uber regards drivers as independent contractors.  His proposal would require taxi companies, for-hire vehicle companies and app-based ride-dispatch combines (like Uber and Lyft) to negotiate with drivers on issues such as payment and working conditions.

While it remains to be seen what will happen, it is a good sign for employee rights and benefits.  If you have ever been treated unfairly at work, please contact us now to put us to work for you!