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The battle over jobs, outsourcing, offshoring, and trade policies is shaping up at last. Free Trade advocates have had their way since the early 80's. As a result, the US economy is in an unprecedented state of collapse. Obama has prodded reluctant Republicans in Congress to agree to a second stimulus package, one that would create jobs in the US. Many members of Congress have been loath to mention the employer visas by name, but the topic surfaced in an amendment to the stimulus package in the form of SA 306. The amendment, almost entirely symbolic, was included in the final draft of the stimulus package. SA 306 will have practically no effect on hiring. In principle, SA 306 is a breakthrough. The fact that Congress has acknowledged that even the minimal protections for the US workforce offered by SA 306 could be justified is a matter of some importance.  Safeguards for our careers in the US that carry any weight are a goal that has yet to be realized.
There are at present a total of three lawmakers in the US congress who are recognizable voices of encouragement for Americans struggling to start or remain in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) professions. Durbin and Grassley have co-sponsored legislation in the past. SB 1035 would provide a great deal of benefit for US STEM workers. Sanders and Grassley introduced SA 306, the successful amendment to the stimulus package.

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had this to say about the uneven distribution of wealth in the US during his interview with C-SPAN, Washington Journal, on January 29.

We have got to deal with the growing disparity of income and wealth in this country, where the top one tenth of one percent earn more income than the bottom fifty percent.

In spite of the unfathomable greed that fuels the opposition, Senators Sanders, Grassley, and civil rights groups in support of EEO persist in fighting an uphill battle to buck the established pattern of bypass and discrimination in the US. They are taking the fight to the powers that be, and challenging the employers who are determined to continue replacing American workers with inexperienced new hires from overseas.
Could it be that there is finally a meaningful discussion or even a change of any significance in the making?  
Sanders' comments to C-Span regarding offshoring were framed in the context of manufacturing jobs going overseas, but he also alluded to white collar jobs... and the debate is obviously going to go in this direction. We need to finally make Congress and US employers realize that it is time to stop using the employer visa programs to bypass Americans.

...the issue that you are raising though, about the fact that when we go to stores, almost - more often than the not, the products that we're buying are not made in the United States, that our manufacturing capability has collapsed in recent years. We've lost millions of good-paying jobs, and when you go shopping, it's China, and China, and China, and maybe occasionally it's Mexico. But this issue speaks, in my view, to the disastrous trade policies that we have. That's permanent normal trade relations with China, NAFTA, the fact that American corporations have shut down plants all over this country, thrown millions of workers out on the street, moved to China then they're bringing their products back into this country. And that is not just blue-collar jobs, it's increasingly white collar jobs as well. So I am not a great fan of unfettered free trade. I think you need a good trade policy which reflects the interests of American workers. And I think that, if these large corporations want us to purchase their products, it's high time that they started manufacturing their products in this country, and create decent paying jobs here.

Originally posted to tech ed on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 11:06 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Unless we address outsoucing, this nation (8+ / 0-)

    will fail.

    And there is no will to address that.

    "The military industrial complex not only controls our government, lock, stock and barrel, but they control our culture." - Mike Gravel

    by Wilberforce on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 11:18:44 AM PST

  •  Jobs that "can't be outsourced" (5+ / 0-)

    is unfortunately not always a truism.  I recall one diary here where the author was promulgating the healthcare IT plans, and saying they were jobs that couldn't be outsourced.  

    I had to point out to them that a great deal of healthcare IT - particularly when it comes to the medical record - is already outsourced to India.  Even some medical diagnostics are - as we move towards digital X-rays, hospitals are using firms that have radiologists in India to read the X-rays.  It's "cheaper."

    I think that I have had enough of you telling me how things will be. Today I choose a new way to go ... and it goes through you!

    by Norbrook on Fri Feb 13, 2009 at 11:29:00 AM PST

    •  even those that can't be outsourced (4+ / 0-)
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      Hens Teeth, numen, Norbrook, chrome327

      can be negatively impacted by it. For example, you can't outsource a custodian job in a office building in a US city to a foreign country. But  you can outsource the workers who work in that office building, negating the need for anyone to clean it.

    •  whst jobs can't be outsourced?? (2+ / 0-)
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      Hens Teeth, Norbrook

      I had a friend who took a job as a security guard because he knew that it could never be outsourced.  

      Then they discovered that most security guards sit behind a desk looking at a bank of monitors, and call the police when they see something.  And they decided someone in India could sit in front of a bank of monitors and call a cop from India...

      Best of luck to anyone gullible enough to think any job can't be outsourced.

  •  prison warden politics - overpopulate, divide, (2+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, numen


  •  Buy America? (0+ / 0-)

    Does anyone knows whether the buy america close was removed in the final house bill?

    Also , do you believe American companies will get first option instead of foreign companies from overseas?

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