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  • Jobs are being outsourced again — back to the U.S.

    07/31/2017 1:40:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | July 30, 2017 | Steve Lohr, The New York Times
    Salaries have risen in places like South Asia, making outsourcing there less of a bargain. In addition, as brands pour energy and money into their websites and mobile apps, more of them are deciding that there is value in having developers in the same time zone. For years, U.S. companies have been saving money by “offshoring” jobs — hiring people in India and other distant cubicle farms. Today, some of those jobs are being outsourced again — in the United States. Nexient, a software outsourcing company, reflects the evolving geography of technology work. It holds daily video meetings with one...
  • Microsoft's Wilsonville jobs are going to China, underscoring travails of domestic (tr)

    07/19/2017 10:37:40 AM PDT · by dayglored · 6 replies
    The Oregonian (OregonLive) ^ | Jul 19, 2017 | Mike Rogoway
    (Caption:) Microsoft stamped "Manufactured in Portland, OR, USA" on the Surface Hub (which has actually been made in Wilsonville.) Now, production is apparently moving to China.(Microsoft photo) Just two years ago, Microsoft cast its Wilsonville factory as the harbinger of a new era in American technology manufacturing.The tech giant stamped, "Manufactured in Portland, OR, USA" on each Surface Hub it made there. It invited The New York Times and Fast Company magazine to tour the plant in 2015, then hired more than 100 people to make the enormous, $22,000 touch-screen computer.But last week Microsoft summoned its Wilsonville employees to...
  • Hypocrisy: Vulnerable Democratic Senator Who Slammed Outsourcing Profited From It

    07/14/2017 5:34:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2017 | Matt Vespa
    Unless you live in a deep-blue state or congressional district, hypocrisy is not something you want to have to revisit during a re-election campaign. For red state Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana, he should be preparing his defense because this is going to be used against him by the time his 2018 re-election campaign kicks into high gear. The senator has tried to portray himself as a hardcore fighter of this byproduct in free trade but seems to have profited from it through investments with the family arts and crafts business (via Associated Press) [emphasis mine]: An Indiana senator...
  • Kelly Surrenders: DHS Will ‘Likely Increase’ Foreign Worker Outsourcing Visa

    05/27/2017 4:07:58 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/27/17 | John Binder
    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly has promised the big business lobby tens of thousands of cheaper, blue-collar foreign workers despite President Donald Trump’s ‘Hire American’ initiative. During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kelly told Senators that he was lobbied by the financial and open borders lobby to expand the H-2B visa, and also by pro-American worker groups who see the visa as a detriment to Americans’ wages and job opportunities. “They’re caving to the business interest, rather than the people that elected them,” pro-American lawyer John Miano told Breitbart Texas. “Everyone but the very top...
  • Here's how tech companies are living up to their promises to create jobs in Trump's America

    04/29/2017 3:13:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 29, 2017 | Deirdre Bosa
    • IBM, Amazon, SoftBank, and Alibaba all made high-profile pledges to create U.S. jobs • Progress has been mixed, with Amazon hiring the most so far. The first few weeks of Donald Trump's presidency were flooded with jobs announcements with a common theme: bringing jobs back to America. Now, 100 days into the Trump administration, where are those jobs? What positions have been filled and which companies have followed up with real hiring? While some companies were eager to provide big, tweetable numbers a few months ago, progress has been a little slower. For example: IBM. Shortly after the election...
  • 5 Reasons Why Trump Should Withdraw The US From NAFTA & Put America First

    04/29/2017 3:29:24 PM PDT · by Thalean · 27 replies
    National Economics Editorial Blog ^ | April 26, 2017 | Spencer P Morrison
    CNN says automation is to blame for America’s manufacturing job losses; and what’s worse, there’s more to come—and no, it has absolutely nothing to do with bad trade deals like NAFTA, nor China’s predatory trading strategy. Nope. Nothing to see here people. Move along. Automation is bad, and your jobs are never coming back. This view was echoed recently by the Guardian too. Of course, this is all just fake news—CNN has to earn its reputation somehow. In reality, automation is only half the story: if you look at its impact relative to output, you’ll see that automation doesn’t really...
  • When North Korea Tests a Nuke, Assume It's Iran's as Well

    01/16/2016 2:18:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | Wed, January 13, 2016 | Ryan Mauro
    North Korea briefly reclaimed the global press' attention again by claiming to have tested a hydrogen bomb. While coverage focused on whether that was an exaggeration, the press missed a much more important question: Was this test only for Kim Jong-Un or was it also for the Iranian regime? The North Korean and Iranian nuclear and ballistic missile programs should be seen as a single entity, as should be their shared cyber warfare programs. The advance of one is an advance of the other. Differences in their activity should be seen as a common-sense division of labor. Gordon Chang, a...
  • The New American Reshoring Movement By the Numbers

    04/11/2017 10:49:31 AM PDT · by bigbob · 10 replies
    CTEMAG. ^ | None Given | Not Given
    people are under the impression that manufacturing jobs are only moving in one direction: offshore. While many corporations are shifting certain jobs overseas to reduce manufacturing costs, there’s a lot more to the story. In reality, there are many businesses that have been making strenuous efforts to bring jobs back to the United States, a phenomenon known as the reshoring movement. Want to learn more about reshoring in the United States? Keep reading to see which U.S. companies have brought the most jobs back to the states, plus more information on this important new movement. Companies reshore jobs in part...
  • Donald Trump’s Pick For Top Economic Adviser Is Pro-Immigration, Pro-Outsourcing

    04/10/2017 1:00:41 PM PDT · by Truth29 · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 9, 2017 | Penny Star
    President Donald Trump has picked an economic advisor who believes in growing the nation’s economy by importing workers and consumers, and by expanding free-trade outsourcing, despite Trump’s “buy American, hire American” campaign promises. Kevin Hassett is slated to become chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors if he is approved by the Senate’s banking committee. If Hassett is confirmed, that will be a win for the corporatist, business-first faction in Trump’s White House, which fights for influence in the Oval Office against the populist, America-first faction that helped Trump win the election in November.
  • H-1B Worker Program Not a Reform Priority, White House Says

    03/10/2017 6:00:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 9, 2017 | John Binder
    There will be no immediate overhaul or reforms to the H-1B foreign guest worker visa program, according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
  • 31 Senators Call for More Foreign Workers to Replace Blue-Collar Americans

    03/09/2017 10:15:46 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 108 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 9, 2017 | Neil Munro
    Thirty-one Democratic and Republican Senators are asking the Department of Homeland Security to maximize the use of blue-collar outsourcing visas so U.S. companies can import more foreign workers instead of recruiting, training and paying unskilled U.S. workers. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), John Cornyn (R-TX), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Chris Coons (D-DE), John Barrasso (R-WY), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tom Carper (D-DE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Patty Murray (D-WA), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Angus King (I-ME), Tim Scott (R-SC), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Richard Burr (R-NC), Lisa Murkowski...
  • San Francisco university lays off IT workers, jobs head to India

    03/01/2017 12:05:24 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    Metro ^ | Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | Rory Carroll, Reuters
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The University of California, San Francisco on Tuesday laid off 49 information technology (IT) employees and outsourced their work to a company based in India, ending a year-long process that has brought the public university under fire. The university announced the plan last July as a way to save $30 million over five years. The University of California system, which includes health care and research-focused UCSF, has been struggling to raise revenue and cut expenses. Globalization and outsourcing have become hot-button political issues in the United States, as more employers cut costs by farming out work...
  • Hasbro to Make Play-Doh American Again

    02/26/2017 2:52:33 AM PST · by GonzoII · 41 replies
    FOX ^ | February 25, 2017 | Paul Ziobro
    Play-Doh will soon be squeezed out of a factory in the U.S. again, as Hasbro Inc. brings manufacturing of the popular moldable clay back to America for the first time in years.  Hasbro said it is working with a manufacturing partner to make Play-Doh at a facility in East Longmeadow, Mass., starting in the second half of 2018. Although the preschool clay was invented in Cincinnati in the 1950s, it hasn't been made in the U.S. since 2004. 
  • Solution to Trump’s H1B visa restrictions is to shift from outsourcing towards ‘nearshoring’

    02/14/2017 6:10:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Sociable ^ | February 14, 2017 | Alejandro Vasquez, VP of Business Development at PSL Software in Colombia.
    For decades, H1B visas have been one of the cornerstones of the traditional IT outsourcing business model. In many ways, the possibility of legally sending workers to the US has allowed Indian firms to offer an enticing service: the client gets to work face to face with less expensive engineers that are authorized to temporarily work in the US, yet can also leverage a much larger team of offshore talent that is orchestrated by the on-site, visa-holding resources. The proposition is hard to beat: not only is it inexpensive, but the model can help solve time-zone issues thanks to a...
  • Three bills and a Trump executive order train their gun sights on the H1B visa

    02/02/2017 5:39:03 PM PST · by AU72 · 55 replies
    ZD Net ^ | February 2, 2017 | Rajiv Rao
    While America's political future is steeped in uncertainty, there is no questioning what the US political establishment wants to do with the controversial H1B visa for highly-skilled workers. Three legislative bills and a soon-to-be-expected executive order may look like overkill but growing momentum against the H1B gives the impression, at first glance, that the visa program in its present form is living on borrowed time. Especially noticeable about these efforts is the fact that they transcend party lines. see also Will Donald Trump's first 100 days as president include a cybercrisis? Will Donald Trump's first 100 days as president include...
  • Survey: US companies in China feel 'less welcome'

    01/17/2017 5:49:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 8:32 PM EST | Joe McDonald
    U.S. companies feel less welcome in China and some are shifting operations to other countries, a business group reported Wednesday, amid rising tension between President-elect Donald Trump and Beijing over trade. The report by the American Chamber of Commerce in China reflects frustration among companies that see China as a key market but face growing efforts to block access to technology and other promising industries. […] Communist leaders have promised to make China’s state-dominated economy more productive by opening more industries to private and foreign competitors. Business groups say such initiatives have had little impact. The American chamber said 81...
  • Want to know why US businesses are losing? Ask the World Bank

    12/26/2016 2:40:49 PM PST · by 198ml · 15 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 12/26/16 | John Gray
    On Monday, Bret Stephens wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal called “Doomed to Stagnate.” The article was predicated on a little-known annual survey by the World Bank known as “Doing Business,” a document that ranks the business climate of nearly every nation around the world. Most Americans might expect the largest capitalist economy in the world, the United States, to lead the pack — but they’d be wrong. In fact, most Americans might be surprised to learn that not only are we not on top, but we have become less economically competitive in the world since Obama took...
  • Philippines outsourcing firms hit by Trump and 'Trump East'

    12/08/2016 5:19:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 8, 2016 | Neil Jerome Morales and Karen Lema
    When Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, the man dubbed "Trump of the East", told U.S. businesses to pack their bags if they didn't like his anti-American rhetoric, the huge and growing outsourcing industry got a little nervous. It's now the real Donald Trump who has businesses worried here, after the U.S. president-elect vowed to bring offshored jobs home from places such as the Philippines, a big provider of back-office services for corporate America. The Southeast Asian country accounts for 12.6 percent of the global market for business-process outsourcing (BPO), which has been growing 10 percent a year for the past decade,...
  • Trump threatens ‘consequences’ for U.S. firms that relocate offshore

    12/02/2016 2:35:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 1, 2016 | Ylan Q. Mui, Matea Gold, and Max Ehrenfreund
    President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday warned that the government would punish companies seeking to move operations overseas with “consequences,” setting the stage for an unusual level of intervention by the White House into private enterprise. Trump’s remarks came as he triumphantly celebrated a decision by the heating and air-conditioning company Carrier to reverse its plans to close a furnace plant here and move to Mexico, helping keep 1,100 jobs in Indianapolis. About 800 of those were manufacturing positions that had been scheduled to move south of the border, said a person familiar with the negotiations.
  • Hillary Clinton Touts H-1B White-Collar Outsourcing Program

    10/08/2016 2:56:59 PM PDT · by AU72 · 9 replies
    Above Top Secret Forum ^ | October 8, 2016 | Above Top Secret
    WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton Touts H-1B White-Collar Outsourcing Program Hillary Clinton repeatedly touted the H-1B white-collar outsourcing program while meeting behind closed doors with technology companies, Wall Street firms and banks during 2013 and 2014, according to a collection of her comments released by unknown hackers. “The only point I would make for the tech community is on the H1B visas, I support them. When I was a Senator from New York I supported them,” she told a meeting hosted by a software company in August 2014, according to a document apparently prepared by her campaign team.