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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Brings Over Politician, Faces Protests From Own Employees

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Brings Over Politician, Faces Protests From Own Employees
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 07:06:08 +0100
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Top corporate CEOs making annual pilgrimage to Microsoft

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| Keep your eyes open for some celebrity CEO 
| sightings in the Seattle region over the 
| next few days. Executives coming to town 
| include IAC's Barry Diller, Walmart 
| Chairman Rob Walton, JP Morgan Chase CEO 
| Jamie Dimon, and Warren Buffett of 
| Berkshire Hathaway, along with his 
| lieutenant Charlie Munger.


Microsoft janitors to protest during CEO Summit

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| Janitors at the Microsoft campus in 
| Redmond will be protesting their working 
| conditions Wednesday evening during the 
| company's annual CEO Summit. But they're 
| not mobilizing against Microsoft.
| [...]
| In a news release, Service Employees 
| International Union Local 6 explained why 
| its workers have mobilized two other times 
| since November:
|     SBM Site Services has decreased their 
|     workforce since winning the janitorial 
|     contract for the Microsoft Campus in 
|     Redmond a little over a year ago. 
|     Layoffs have led to unmanageable 
|     workload increases for the janitors 
|     that clean the over 100 buildings at 
|     the Redmond campus.
|     While Microsoft is one of the 
|     wealthiest corporations in the world 
|     and has invested incredible resources 
|     into local and global communities, SBM 
|     Site Services workers at the campus 
|     have faced unsafe and unmanageable 
|     working conditions.
|     As Microsoft's prepares for their 
|     annual Global CEO Summit in Redmond, 
|     janitors at the Microsoft campus are 
|     mobilizing to send a strong message to 
|     their employer SBM Site Services: Stop 
|     the greed, stop the layoffs, and 
|     support reasonable working conditions 
|     for janitors.


Teenage Microsoft Sweatshop

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| Over the course of a three-year 
| investigation of the KYE factory in 
| Dongguan, China, unprecedented photos were 
| smuggled out of the factory of exhausted 
| teenagers, seen slumping over asleep on 
| their assembly line during break time.
| âWe are like prisonersâ We do not have a 
| life. Only work." according to one teenage 
| worker making products for Microsoft.
| KYE recruits hundreds (up to 1,000) âwork-
| studyâ students 16 and 17 years of age, 
| who work 15-hour shifts, six and seven 
| days a week making webcams, mice and other 
| computer peripherals. Some of the workers 
| appear to be just 14 or 15 years old. A 
| typical shift is from 7:45 a.m. to 10:55 
| p.m. Most of the students work for three 
| months, but some stay longer. 

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