September 23, 2006
Re "Spy Agencies Outsourcing to Fill Key Jobs," Sept. 17 The article about U.S. spy agencies outsourcing jobs to private contractors fails to mention the worst problem with this practice: These contractors are immune from the regulation and oversight that prevent our government employees from committing horrible human rights abuses. They are free to kidnap or torture anyone they want. The brilliant minds in the Bush administration have created a private Gestapo of rogue agents, mercenaries and hit men whose allegiance is not to the United States but to the U.S. dollar.
March 21, 2004
Here's another idea regarding "Too Rosy a View on Exporting U.S. Jobs," (Letters, March 14) in response to James Flanigan's " 'Offshoring' Can Create Jobs, Too" (Feb. 29): By "outsourcing" chief executives' jobs, productive American workers could remain "insourced." Alternatively, CEOs could simply move to a country like India where the dollar goes a lot further. When are American CEOs going to start thinking out of the box? David Perlman Laguna Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2010 |
City and Fire Department officials face opposition from organized labor and some City Council members over a proposal to contract out billing and collections for the Los Angeles Fire Department's emergency medical services. The proposed outsourcing of collections is bundled with a popular initiative to move to electronic collection of medical data by the Fire Department's emergency medical services unit. The proposal would give paramedics hand-held tablet computers on which they would input patient medical information at the scene of an emergency, eliminating the current system of hand-printed forms that department staff called cumbersome and prone to transcription errors.
March 31, 1996
With typical shortsightedness, United Auto Workers has struck GM brake plants ("3,000 Workers Walk Off Jobs at Two GM Brake Factories," March 6). The issue: outsourcing. What the UAW fails to recognize is that every strike moves the industry closer to more outsourcing, more manufacturing overseas and ultimately more jobs lost. The UAW is shooting itself in the foot as well as endangering the livelihoods of workers in related industries. It is time that these overpaid, selfish, unskilled workers realize how lucky they are and look at the big picture instead of just the next boat payment or big-screen TV purchase.
April 4, 2004
"Radio Flyer Follows Low-Cost Production Pathway to China" (March 31) is a perfect mini-example of the outsourcing phenom. The statement that "its Chicago plant was too expensive to maintain" translates simply to: "We want more net profit from each sale." Not a bad axiom from the corporate point of view, but is it really good for America? Assuming a Radio Flyer from China will sell for the same price -- as it most likely will -- as one made in the U.S., who wins and who loses?
May 18, 2004 |
New figures on offshore outsourcing suggest that American companies are sending even more white-collar jobs to low-wage countries than researchers originally estimated. About 830,000 U.S. service-sector jobs -- from telemarketers and accountants to software engineers and chief technology officers -- will move abroad by the end of 2005, according to a report released by Forrester Research Inc. The Cambridge, Mass.
January 11, 2004
James Flanigan ("To Ease Fears About Jobs, Put Imagination to Work," Jan. 4) suggests that we in this country have to "suck it up" and to somehow use our "imaginations" to suddenly and miraculously land a "judgment, or pattern recognition job" that won't be outsourced. Oh, please. How many underemployed Americans over 35 are going to fall through those cracks? He's implying that outsourcing is no big threat and that the more jobs we lose now, the more skilled jobs will come back to us eventually as the international market expands.
November 7, 2004
The difficulty in recruiting workers highlights the paradox in our perception of the unemployment picture. As our society becomes more affluent, it is not surprising that more of us are expecting more rewarding jobs outside of factory work. This also points out the nonsensical rhetoric over the cost of outsourcing on our economy. In fact, if we do not outsource at all, we would likely end up with shortages in nearly every consumable product or service imaginable. The situation is even more dire in the healthcare field, where thousands of nursing positions are begging for applicants.
June 6, 1996 |
McDonnell Douglas Corp. machinists picketed a St. Louis plant Wednesday, beginning what is expected to be an extended strike over the aircraft maker's plans to give union jobs to outside contractors. Workers formed picket lines at 12:01 a.m., after contract talks broke down and following Sunday's rejection of a company offer by members of the 6,700-member union.
October 8, 2004 |
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kerry cites the shuttered steel plant in Massillon, Ohio, as a symbol of what's wrong with the economy under President Bush. Under current tax laws, Kerry has complained, the owners of factories like Massillon Stainless get "special breaks" for outsourcing work. Not only were the jobs at the steel plant sent overseas, but so was the equipment.