3.31.2004

The Jobs of the Future Are a Thing of the Past The Village Voice (3/30)
"And the sad little movement to stop it"? And here we thought we were kinda cute!

You may have read about the outsourcing issue, the great X-factor in American politics today, in cover articles in Time, Wired, Business Week. The numbers can be hard to fix. According to Time, outsourcing to India "accounts for less than 10 percent of the 2.3 million jobs lost in the U.S. over the past three years." Wired, drawing on research from Gartner analysts, says one in 10 U.S. tech jobs will have left by the end of this year.

It is here, in rooms like this one, that the movement against outsourcing is revealed in full metaphoric flower. The media observe the efforts obsessively for signs the timid might soon be joining in torrents. But when the victims get together, they don't know what to say.

We know what to say: NPWA.

It isn't about the middle-class anymore: you've been replaced by the investor-class and it is all about them. Corporations and the wealthy know they have they can do away with all the hard fought liberal, progressive gains of the last 100 years (the 40 hour work week, the minimum wage, workers compensation, the end to child labor, the right to organize, etc.,) and they're going to do it. Outsourcing/offshoring is just one of their tools.

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