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June 21, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
As the business matures in India, companies are setting up offices in rural areas, with lower costs and, possibly, fewer office romances. In the process, they're bringing middle-class values and modern aspirations to the tradition-bound heartland. V. Bharadwaj had never used a computer before landing a data-entry job at an outsourcing firm here in India's Karnataka state. Now he spends his days quietly tap-tapping on a keyboard in a converted school building next to a field of dirt-caked sheep.
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 | From Associated Press
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.
July 19, 2010 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
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.
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 | From Times Wire Services
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.
Los Angeles school officials wasted $326,375 in lease payments on a building that was to be a school for teenage mothers but eventually proved unusable, Supt. Roy Romer disclosed Tuesday. Calling the deal a mistake that should never be allowed to happen again, Romer said he has decided to outsource the district's lease administration. "I did this when I was governor of Colorado," Romer said. "It's a better way to do business."
To auto assembler Patricia Boyd, the strike that has brought General Motors' vehicle production to a virtual halt nationwide is a clear signal that workers have had enough of corporate America's cold talk of downsizing, restructuring and outsourcing. "GM ought to realize this is a wake-up call," declared Boyd, a United Auto Workers member who works at the inner-city assembly plant known here as Poletown. "The unions, especially the UAW, are not going to stand to be broken.
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