Saturday, May 13, 2006

Outsourcing Alternatives

The following is an open letter to those out there who are concerned about the ever increasing amount of job outsourcing taking place in this country. Written by a good friend Lisa Jansen, not only does she lay out the dilema of outsourcing but she then calls for us to come up with real positive solutions to present to businesses and others in power, to curb this trend of losing work to cheaper labor overseas. Please read below and feel free to comment:

Yesterday on KLTA Channel 5, a report on local real
estate vs. income said that only 17% of Southern
Californians can afford to purchase a medium priced
home. This means that people who earn $60,000 are now
in the lower middle class. At the same time somewhere
in LA a couple 100 of Los Angeles Time employees were
told that their jobs are being outsourced to India,
and if the outsourcing works out then the entire
Tribune corporation which employs 21,000 people
nationwide will eventually outsource a majority of
it's computer positions overseas as well. According to
Computerworld 1 in 5 IT jobs is outsourced overseas.
This does not include the 100's of banks postions,
telecommunication service, customer service positions
and manufacturing jobs all overseas. To ask companies
not to outsource would be like standing on the beach
and try to stop the waves from coming in. I understand
the demand for less production and labor costs to make
more of a profit but is outsourcing overseas to
countries with less stringent labor standards the
answer? I tend to wonder where we as a society are
heading when we lose sight of our fellow people on the
path to making and saving a dollar. If we can't afford
to buy gas let alone our own homes, what are we
suppose to do when our $15 to $25 an hour jobs are in
jeopardy by someone who is willing to work for $3 an
hour in Asia?

I am looking for positive alternatives to outsourcing
American jobs overseas. I have friends who have taken
their stand by boycotting the L.A. Times and of course
writing letters to editors, Senators, Mayors etc.
Without solutions a letter writing campaign is futile.
The Tribune and other companies like it are not going
to be intimidated by a few letters or e-mails.
Politicians are not going to risk the support of the
L.A.Times (and it's affiliated papers, radios and
television channels) to promote issues without
plausible resolutions. Employees and unions affiliated
with the Tribune companies are not going to rock the
boat by speaking out because they need to be able to
continue to work in the publishing industry regardless
of how hard finding a local job is going to get.
Several states have pending legislation to minimize
outsourcing jobs overseas but most of these new bills
are mere slaps on the hand. If you had a voice what
would your answer be? If you were the L.A. Times,
Verizon, Google or E-Bay what steps would you take to
keep American jobs on American soil?

I am asking that you write down your alternative and
then copy and forward this entire bulletin to myself
and all of your friends. Hopefully with enough
positive alternatives we can find someone willing to
take on large businesses like the Times and mandate
changes. If you don't agree with my view, thanks for
reading this far and let me know (politely) that you
disagree and I will not forward any more bulletins or
e-mails to you.

I look forward to hearing your voice,
Lisa