2.17.2005

Down & Out in Colorado

Workers Fight Offshoring Of State Jobs

News4Colorado.com (02.15)
Hmmm, local CBS affiliate... we live in LA and would never, under any circumstances, trust the reporting of our local news 'cuz it is the worst. No joke. Total fear–mongering and completely ridiculous stories about stuff that just doesn't matter. In any other city you know exactly who the mayor & the chief of police are within 5 minutes... it might take you 2 weeks to figure out who the mayor is here.

Anyways...

John Coffey knows what happens when companies send jobs overseas.

Coffey said he was forced to train his replacement in Canada, then lost his $72,000–a–year job at IBM in Boulder. He applied for another opening in IBM, only to be told it was a Canadian job and he could not have it.

Now he's looking for a job overseas, while his wife works at Starbucks to provide benefits to his family of six.
OUCH. That has just gotta hurt. No offense dude, but 6 kids? Was that really necessary?
"It's just not right," he told a gathering organized by the AFL-CIO at the state Capitol to support a measure (Senate Bill 23) that would bar state contractors from sending taxpayer-funded jobs overseas. The bill has been introduced and is awaiting scheduling for a hearing.
While we feel for the guy, he still just isn't getting it: this isn't about 'right' & 'wrong'... this is about the bottom line and profit and until you start to hurt those things you are just tilting at windmills. Profit makes them do it.
Union president Steve Adams said taxpayers should not be paying to send jobs overseas.

"We've lost thousands of jobs in this state to offshoring and now have 130,000 Coloradans who are unemployed. The state cannot solve the problem of offshoring, but they can make sure our tax dollars don't pay for it," he said.

The new measure would bar companies that receive state service contracts from shipping jobs overseas and require companies to certify they will not have work performed overseas.
Well, its a start...

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