Sunday, January 23, 2005

Voting's nice, but can we step up the action?

91 % of IT workers are registered to vote, and 87 % said they vote in most or every election, according to a survey commissioned by the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers.

The survey found that 93% of IT workers are concerned about the impact of offshore outsourcing on their industry. 86% support legislation that requires government IT contracts to be filled with U.S. workers.

IT workers resist overseas outsourcing

At a time when technical professionals should be transforming society in the way that agricultural professionals transformed America during the Agricultural Revolution, we have instead been sidelined and dismissed. We are in a fight for our livelihoods and our standard of living – but is there a deeper meaning to this struggle than merely saving our jobs?

The media has questioned this rush to the bottom and exposed our heartbreaking circumstances in a way that would rival Upton’s Sinclair excoriation of the meat industry’s labor practices 100 years ago.

The anti-outsourcing movement can capture this momentum to advance the solutions that will end outsourcing, increase jobs, and put hope back into our future.

How? By concentrating our efforts in ending government regulations that are crucial to transferring our knowledge abroad: the H1-B and L-1 programs.

The bell tolls each time Gardner or Forrester project “more jobs offshore”.
The bell tolls each time Hewlett-Packard or Motorola announce lay-offs.
The bell tolls each time the Offshore Tracker is updated.

So next time you hear the bell toll, come here. I'll have strategies we can implement... and words to inspire.