TechsUnite.org Brings IT Pros Together
Judging from the response I got a couple of months ago when I discussed off-shoring and outsourcing, many readers are feeling the effect of these business practices, and those who have not lost their work to outsourcing are worried that they might. So what are you going to do about it?
Unfortunately, unless you’re in charge of making the outsourcing decision, there’s not much you can do to stem the tide of IT jobs headed overseas. But you can unite with other IT workers to make your voices heard.
TechsUnite, a project of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO, is an effort to help IT workers find out what they need to know to succeed in their IT careers. The Web site, located at http://www.techsunite.org provides a forum where IT workers can learn about the challenges they face in the new economy. The Web site includes news, a community where IT pros can talk about those burning issues, a career resources page and more.
The most recent news tells of a protest by Bay Area workers at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, where the Offshore Outsourcing Conference was taking place. The CWA estimates that more than 400,000 U.S. jobs have been lost to overseas workers already. By the year 2015, as many as 3.5 million American workers will lose their jobs due to this practice.
The organizer of the conference, Gregg V. Rock said that cost savings associated with off-shoring are significant. “I think it was a trend that was sped up due to different market conditions and the dot-com bubble,” Rock said, “but I don’t think there’s any going back at this point—the genie’s out of the bottle on off-shoring.”
Emily Hollis is associate editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.