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Article in The Guardian by Olivia Solon. This is not the first time that the corporate buses that ship workers from the city to Silicon Valley have been targeted. In 2013 a window was smashed on a Google bus in Oakland, across the San Francisco Bay. The following year, protesters... Continue reading
Article in The Guardian by Olivia Solon. This is not the first time that the corporate buses that ship workers from the city to Silicon Valley have been targeted. In 2013 a window was smashed on a Google bus in Oakland, across the San Francisco Bay. The following year, protesters... Continue reading
Read or reread the Letter from a Birmingham jail? and this opinion in The Guardian. Top it off with Bernie Sanders. Take good care. Let us remember Microsoft offers a paid vacation day to its direct employees for MLK day (only since 2016) but does not, as far as we... Continue reading
PL+US just emailed us: Over 500,000 Walmart employees just got a massive increase in their paid parental leave!New birthing parents now get 10 weeks at full pay, and non-birthing parents get 6 weeks at full-pay, if they’re full-time workers. This is the biggest single expansion of paid parental leave that's... Continue reading
The Mother Load: America is failing mothers (and fathers and children). Maybe they'll expose the discrimination between workers at Microsoft and other high tech firms? Continue reading
While working toward a third updated version of The Other Microsoft, I just found this article (among many) I had missed 4 months ago about how on June 27, 2017 Microsoft expanded the paid time off for its employees when someone is sick in their families. It's a constant pattern:... Continue reading
In the foreword (page 13) of the second edition of his book The Other Microsoft, Philippe Boucher quoted Satya Nadella's focus on empathy. We have not had the opportunity -yet- to read Hit refresh: The quest to rediscover Microsoft's soul and imagine a better future for everyone" but from the... Continue reading
A good introduction, in English, produced by French people (ex-smokers). On YouTube. Accessible for French and English speaking audiences thanks to subtitles. Available since September 28, 2016. With a short interview of Derek Yach at the very end. Surfing a bit longer I discover another documentary: A billion lives. And... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at What I think
Ongoing Timeline about the e-cigarettes and Foundation for a smoke-free world controversy October 14, 2017 Lancet Editorial: Tobacco control: a foundation too far? Derek Yach's view point: Foundation for a smoke-free world Towards a smoke-free world? Philip Morris International new foundation is not credible, by Mike Daube, Rob Moodie, Martin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at What I think
As reported in USA Today, this new report by PL+US about the haves and the have nots of paid family leave. Download the report. As they resume: put simply the people who most need it are the less likely to have paid family leave. Just found out: what Trump promises... Continue reading
Very often the articles about paid family leave do not look at what the cost would be and how it would be financed. Here is an article published in Fortune magazine in 2015 that looks at the costs induced in New Jersey and California that rely of a small deduction... Continue reading
Technology for human rights: UN Human Rights Office announces landmark partnership with Microsoft is the title of the press release distributed today by Microsoft and the UN office (see below). It is widely reproduced in the media that glorify Microsoft's generosity with their yearly $1 million grant to the UN... Continue reading
In the Seattle Times: Mary’s Place will have a permanent home in six stories of a Seattle office tower that will be built in the heart of Amazon’s sprawling urban headquarters. As part of that construction, Amazon will devote half of one of the buildings to Mary’s Place — giving... Continue reading
Here is the story of the 'content moderators' for Facebook and the two posts about the Google raters, the first one and the second one. Unfortunately typical stories of joint employment and retaliation against the workers who dare speaking up. Sounds very familiar with what happened to us. Hope they'll... Continue reading
Very interesting article by Kelton Sears in the Seattle Weekly explaining how local artists impacted by Vulcan developments ask for more affordable housing and adequate locals for artists. Read their petition Create Equitable & Inclusive Development in Seattle . Geneiva Arunga has nothing against Paul Allen. “Paul Allen is buying... Continue reading
From the Sightline newsletter. Also an upcoming meeting: Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Benaroya Hall. More details below. Author: David Goldberg On April 26, 2017 at 6:30 am The Pacific Northwest is an expensive place to be poor. “The Pacific Northwest is an expensive place... Continue reading
In the Seattle Times. Here the letter of intent about this deal. A step in the right direction but the investments need to be higher and involve other billionaires/millionaires and corporations. A very detailed presentation in Geekwire. Continue reading
To humanize local coverage of the homelessness crisis, we visited outdoor settlements around Seattle's Sodo District and invited residents there to share their stories and concerns, in their own handwriting and from their unique vantage points. In tandem with the project launch, The Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine will present... Continue reading
"Gentrification and inequality are the direct outgrowths of the re-colonization of the city by the affluent and the advantaged." Richard Florida explains the roots of the present urban crisis Continue reading
An in-depth look at what happens when cities become unaffordable opens reader eyes to a growing crisis and wins the Pulitzer Prize. If you’ve never been forced out of your home by a county sheriff while movers carry all of your earthly possessions out onto the curb, knowing what that... Continue reading
This pregnant Mom had two jobs (or tried to) that did not provide any paid maternal leave: one with Maximhealthcare, the other with Uber. It looks like she started working for "Maxim" in 2010, making about $20K per year but without any benefits. I wonder what are Maxim's profits, how... Continue reading
Read the article in Fast Company, signaled by Sightline that also presents a report about how to communicate produced by the Frameworks Institute. Continue reading
In Libération. The article does not give an estimate of the financial cost. Im ten years the number of homeless people grew by 44%. The need for very low income housing would be of 60.000 units per year, twice the number of units built now. «Sans domicile : objectif zéro»... Continue reading
Home prices in the Seattle area rocketed up at their fastest pace in three years as we registered the sharpest increases of any major market in the country for the fifth month in a row (here) And after a brief winter respite, tenants across Seattle are dealing with the same... Continue reading