8.06.2004

White-collar jobs at risk for outsourcing, report says NJ.com (8/4)

housands of New Jersey's white-collar jobs are at risk of moving to cheaper labor markets overseas, according to a Trenton think tank.

The report by New Jersey Public Policy Perspective, headed by Jon Shure, a former Democratic state official, estimates nearly 500,000 jobs in such areas as software, data entry, customer service and mathematics could migrate to cheaper foreign labor markets.

Jobs are in danger? Really?? Well that certainly comes as news to US.

When outsourcing takes your job, then it will matter MercuryNews.com (8/5)

A recession is when someone else loses his or her job; a depression is when you lose your job. I was reminded of this adage when a recent report by three Bay Area groups said we shouldn't worry about outsourcing of good jobs to other countries. Those losing their jobs would beg to differ.

Wow. Boy do we like that one. We're gonna use that at some point.

None of this is "protectionism," except that it will protect foreign workers and nations from exploitation, the U.S. tax code from encouraging companies to offshore jobs, and American workers from the unchecked whims of globalization.

Corporate leaders need to work smarter. Having served as a CEO, I know the pressures to outsource can be intense. But business executives must look beyond the short-term, cost-cutting gains that outsourcing sometimes provides and focus instead on the long-term costs and devastation to employees and our national economy.

You tell 'em boyo!

GoodJobsFirst.org

GJF is a national leader in providing timely, accurate information to the public, the media, public officials and economic development professionals on best practices in state and local job subsidies. GJF works with a broad spectrum of organizations as they seek to ensure that subsidized businesses are held accountable for family-wage jobs and other effective results.

Hmmm, intriguing. Tell us more...

ood Jobs First frequently testifies before state legislatures, conducts workshops and training, and appears in the press. Unions, community organizations, religious groups, living wage campaigns, public officials,  environmentalists, tax and budget advocates, and economic development practitioners consult with GJF when companies seek development subsidies, restructure, close plants, or become involved in other issues of public concern. GJF tracks corporate accountability innovations in all states to develop "best practices" that can then be employed elsewhere.

They have a number of interesting articles, especially about those total bastards at Wal-Mart, so check 'em out.

Corporate freeloaders Boston.com (8/6)

We have a list of deadbeat dads. We have a registry of sex offenders, which we now post on the Internet. Coming soon: a list of Massachusetts' corporate freeloaders. This could be good reading.

With no fanfare and over the veto of Governor Mitt Romney, the Massachusetts Legislature last month became the first in the nation to require the Commonwealth to compile an annual list of which companies' employees and their dependents use state health benefits the most, and what it costs taxpayers. The requirement, included in the state budget, applies to employers with more than 50 workers.

Hilarious. Simply Hilarious.
American medicine is the best in the world, but paying for it is a constant game of pass the buck. Increasingly, the private sector is passing the buck to the public sector. In 2001, about 67 percent of Americans under age 65 got their healthcare coverage through their employer, according to the Center for Studying Health Care System Change. By 2003, that number had fallen dramatically to 63 percent. Meanwhile, those under 65 getting government coverage increased to 12 percent from 9 percent. People still went to the doctor; the difference was who paid.

In Massachusetts, healthcare is the biggest, fastest-growing piece of the $24 billion state budget. So the Legislature is dead right to ask which companies aren't providing coverage to their employees, and at what cost. "Having clear information on the extent to which healthy, financially robust employers have significant parts of their workforce using publicly sponsored health insurance programs is important," says John McDonough, executive director of Health Care for All.

Uh oh, I can tell you that 'The Man' isn't going to like this one bit. "Gay Marriage" is one thing, but you can be sure The Man has some 'activist judges' of his own and they will be sent out to put a stop to this nonsense.

Please encourage your State Reps to do the same.