The movement is proceeding. Although we did not organize this directly (msratecuts.org) it is good to see that people are working towards improving conditions. Please note that this effort is considered protected concerted activity under the National Labor Board.

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) is a federal law guaranteeing that right – and will protect you if your employer takes negative action, such as harassment, threats to layoff, or discipline, for discussing organizing a biometric gun safe in your workplace. Under the NLRA Act of 1947, all workers have “the right to self-organization, to form, to join, or assist labor organizations.” Furthermore, the same act states that employers are not allowed to “interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in Section 7.”

When: Occurs every weekday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM effective 3/2/2009 until 3/13/2009. (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Where: Microsoft Sign at 156th Ave & 40th St., Redmond

Dear fellow MS contractor,

As I am sure you are aware Microsoft has put into place an immediate and mandatory 10%+ rate cut that is being passed down to us all through our contract agencies effective now or in the very near future. If you feel this is unfair and a breach of contract, as I do, I encourage you not to agree to these new contract terms. By uniting as valuable people who work at Microsoft we can show our concern and force an alternate course of action.

The first step in forming an alliance and uniting contract workers at Microsoft is for us to meet and discuss our concerns. For this, I have scheduled a peaceful protest at the corner of 156th Ave. and NE 40th St. from 6pm-8pm every day. I will be there every day, I hope you will too…but even just showing up one of the days is helpful and is a strong symbol of our concerns.…