Chau filed a class action suit against IBM earlier this year, arguing that Big Blue was flouting California labor laws by purposely misclassifying sales workers as managers to avoid paying them overtime. Chau claimed he was forced to work more than 40 hours per week without extra compensation and was not given mandatory rest breaks, as required by California law. Despite Chesney's ruling, IBM isn't out of the woods when it comes to such claims. The company still faces at least two similar lawsuits filed by IBM workers in California. IBM has denied that it purposely withheld overtime from sales reps.
“Following the historical protest against IBM Italy in Second Life, on 27th September, some important developments have taken place,” UNI said on its Web site and in a statement forwarded to The Skinny. “Mr Andrea Pontremoli, IBM Italy's CEO (who personally received all of your petitions by email) has resigned. “It seems our Virtual action had an impact on his role at IBM.
“IBM Corporation made a complaint to IBM Italy for the way they've managed the negotiations with the thousands of employees and how they've let it lead to such a harmful image for the company. “The works council hopes to return to the negotiations' table: we'll hear more at the beginning of next week.
“A big thank you goes to all people who supported IBM Italy workers in their struggle over the last 6 weeks. From protesters who came to Second Life and joined the action, to the petitioners who wrote letters to IBM Europe management, to those who took the time to give their ideas on how to proceed when there were no visible results to our protest and to the press who covered the event in more than 30 countries which helped put pressure on IBM as well.”
"This was not really a surprise. The strong increases are still in the application development space, especially for individuals that have those Web 2.0 skill sets. Those who can architect and develop Web spaces had the highest increases that we saw, even 7.5 percent in some titles," Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology told eWEEK.
These workplaces are part of a growing number that are embellishing their benefits packages with "concierge services" _ everything from flower deliveries and car detailing to restaurant reservations and clothes alterations.
Perhaps no company pampers its employees as much as Internet search leader Google Inc. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company offers a diverse menu of perquisites that include three free meals a day, plus other on-site conveniences like car washes, oil changes, massages, haircuts, dry cleaning, child care and medical care. The employees have to pay for some services while Google subsidizes others.
"There was a time not very long ago when, really, you didn't have to be very smart to realize that to reduce cost, you could just ship the work to a different place, and that it was virtually impossible for a U.S.-based programmer to compete in this market," said Singleton.
However, he said, it was a simplistic model. Now that the price advantage is disappearing, managers don't have the easy option of just moving work and hoping that cost advantages cover any inefficiencies. They have been forced to work smarter or not offshore to gain cost advantages alone.
With the number of available visas drying up, there's no easy way for the current batch of international students to stay. This means they need to find jobs back home or in other countries. Additionally, there is already a backlog of more than a million skilled immigrants working in the U.S., mostly on H-1B visas, who are waiting for a yearly allocation of 120,000 permanent-resident visas. So we are headed for a massive reverse brain drain (BusinessWeek, 8/22/07) of skilled workers and students. ...
Unlike many of the problems facing the U.S., this one isn't hard to fix. All we need to do is increase the number of visas that are available for international students who get job offers from U.S. companies. An even better solution is to offer these students permanent-resident visas rather than H-1Bs. In the new global landscape, we need the world's best talent on our side.
Beyond the circularity of the concept, IBM's application is notable because the company - the world's top patent holder - has been campaigning to improve the quality of patent filings and reduce so-called "business-method" patents.
"I think this is absolutely a business-method patent," said Barbara Fiacco, a patent attorney with Foley Hoag LLP.
The new patent application was initially filed in April 2006, updated last April and published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last Thursday. It covers what IBM calls "a system and methods for extracting value from a portfolio of assets, for example a patent portfolio."
More women are doing such retirement financial analysis, for good reason. They can’t afford to retire. Whether they have a traditional pension or a 401(k) plan, women consistently enter retirement with about half as much money as men do. The explanations have been known for years. Women generally earn only about 80 percent of what men earn. That hurts because the formula for a traditional pension is based on income, while the lower earnings make it harder for women to put money aside in a 401(k). Yet those skimpier 401(k)’s must stretch over a longer time frame, as women outlive men by about five years, on average.
Consider Massachusetts, whose mandatory health insurance law is the model for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposal and which provided much of the inspiration for a similar legislative proposal vetoed by Schwarzenegger earlier this month.
The Massachusetts law was hurriedly rushed through its Legislature last year amid clamor for passage of a law that its advocates could claim solved their health care morass while burnishing the credentials of politicians such as Gov. Mitt Romney, then in the final stages of preparing his candidacy for president.
Today the law remains a mess. Despite tax penalties for failure to buy insurance, only 20 percent of the uninsured have purchased the mandatory plans - and 94 percent of those who have enrolled received full or partial public subsidies.
One reason so many are willing to accept the fines is the law’s failure to control costs. Even the cheapest plans have high deductibles and co-pays, and huge gaps in coverage have eroded existing benefits for many families with modest incomes. ...
Sadly, the main beneficiaries of a rushed “compromise” will be the same insurance companies that created the present crisis. They would harvest millions of new customers, with the government using its power and the public purse to further an insurance industry that will continue to be able to profiteer and deny care.
We don’t have to turn just to Massachusetts to see an example of how this can lead to disastrous public policy. A decade ago, the same “consensus” pushed the hurried passage of energy deregulation. That was followed by blackouts, skyrocketing energy costs for consumers, financial calamity for the state, and open thievery by Enron and other energy corporations. Californians should demand that legislators pull the plug before we plunge into another disaster.
A big thank you goes to all people who supported IBM Italy workers in their struggle over the last 6 weeks. From protesters who came to Second Life and joined the action, to the petitioners who wrote letters to IBM Europe management, to those who took the time to give their ideas on how to proceed when there were no visible results to our protest and to the press who covered the event in more than 30 countries which helped put pressure on IBM as well.
Well at least a site executive is admitting what I and we have known all along: that the population of Southbury has been down and is going down... hey, to him it is good news... that's why he wants to let us know that we don't need this snack shop open anymore. It's more cost savings and $$$ in his pocket. You should see Mr. Ragu's Blue Pages photo: he's got the Taj Mahal behind him in. So you don't have to be an idiot not to know who his real allegiances are!! Of course most of the IBM sheep probably think"that's so cool".. THINK TWICE now, right now. -sby_willie-
They are taking ANY role that they can feasibly take off shore. REMEMBER back stabbing Sam's promise to the stockholders as well.. He promised performance of the stock that WILL ONLY BE REALISTIC THRU DIVISION SALES AND MASSIVE CUTS..FACT We have too many internal divisions conflicting with each other competing for sales etc.. too much overlap. So instead of consolidating.. look to groups being sold.
Just like others have mentioned Wipro.. count on more drastic cuts and group losses soon. To the lemmings that think PBC will cover you.. You cannot hide and PBC ratings do not mean squat. I was a top performer getting 1's and 2+'s for over 8 years. The difference on these cuts is now they are pruning the 7 layers of management as well.. so that same crappy feeling we have about job security ? lmao.. our managers are feeling the same. LEAN your dedication and work effort. No matter how much you bust your ass.. your efforts and dedication do not mean $hit to IBM anymore.. its over. -SoreSphincter-
Alliance Reply: IBM will continue to 'slap the face' of you and your co-workers as long as you are not organized and without any bargaining power of your own. A contract will stop the face slapping and shameful treatment of IBM employees in the U.S. As we have said before; IBM unions in Europe and Japan have been able to negotiate these issues and have them end successfully in favor of the employees. We need to organize here and now to get that power of voice in the workplace. Slap back!
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