The pace of life as an American worker is always frantic. There is the full time job with commute. Maybe you put in a couple of hours extra on detail work to support the "old home team". That can easily take you to 60 hours out of your possible 168 hour week. Then some sleep, just say 8 hours a night. That leaves us about 52 hours to do the household chores, mow the grass, feed the dog and pay the bills. Occasionally a family birthday party or a little fishing.
Trying to keep up with corporate lingo, political jargon, any volunteer work you fancy, and to remain informed on the world around you is purely difficult if not impossible. Many of us think we have landed the job we hold. We think we can sign the 30 year mortgage, work hard, build a storage shed..... and maintain a little dignity. Alas. We are now called "services" and we are being sold while we sleep.
I tried to read NAFTA one time. After 2 hours of reading lists of publication references, I still hadn't gotten to the meat and potatoes. I recall thinking that teams of lawyers had worked on this for months or years, and although it might be vital to my future politics and prosperity. I would have to take a week off just to begin to get it all. And that is just one of many Corporate/Political contracts that directly or indirectly affect MY LIFE. My paycheck, my bills, my groceries, my car, my job, my neighbors, my children's schooling, and the future of my country.
I do believe that Occupy is right. Corporate personhood has gone too far. Corporations have no loyalty and yet demand it in return.
Conventional, pre-modern era business models concentrated upon exchange of material export and import of goods as a means of generating national income and positive foreign exchange. In the modern era, enhanced communications, have paved the way for export of services as a means of import and export. Outsourcing, offshore development and foreign production are some excellent examples of this phenomenon. Outsourcing work to cheaper workforce, has become a trend that has been observed in the latter half of the 20th century. Interestingly enough, the outsourcing practices have played a significant role in economic occurrences such as inflation in agrarian and developing economies, and economic recession in some important western economies.
Outsourcing has always been associated with the field of industrial technology as almost, 30% of the outsourced jobs belong to the IT sector. A large positive impact of outsourcing IT sector project jobs to Asian economies is that it has contributed immensely to development of these countries. In addition to that, it has also contributed to some effective development in the field of computer sciences. A phenomenal workload of 4 million jobs has been transferred to economies of China, India and Philippines.
On an average global outsourced projects involve about 28% that belong to the hardcore IT sector, 11% to finance sector, 15% to sales and marketing and 9% from administrative sector. The remaining 22% belong to many other different sectors such as consumer distress calls, general data segregation jobs, tourism etc. As of 2006, the outsourcing activities accounted for jobs worth $1.2 trillion per annum. Some economists have predicted that by 2015, more than 3.3 million U.S. jobs and $136 billion worth of wages, will be transferred to developing Asian and African economies, due to cheaper labor markets.
According to many researchers and surveyors, to some extent, outsourcing of jobs or services from the U.S. are a cause of economic recession. US outsourcing statistics also rightfully depict that an increased rate of outsourcing was largely responsible for a prolonged recession, as the US economy could not provide appropriate number of alternative jobs against layoffs. This phenomenon has been also nicknamed as over-outsourcing.
Did you know that our jobs are now an export?
......corporate members of the President’s Export Council released a letter advocating for the passage of the Bush-negotiated Korea, Panama, and Colombia Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), claiming that passage would boost exports. They ignored the fact that the growth of exports to FTA partners has lagged behind exports to other countries, as we showed in our recent report. It is possible that these corporations are pushing for FTAs since it would facilitate the export of American jobs rather than American goods. We can investigate this with the help of the TAA database.
If you want to research specific companies, the above article tells you how. It mentions the President's Export Council? Take a look.
Private Sector Members
- W. James McNerney, Jr., PEC Chair, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Boeing Company
- Ursula M. Burns, PEC Vice Chair, Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation
- Mary Andringa, President and Chief Executive Officer, Vermeer Corporation
- John E. Bryson, Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce
- Stephanie A. Burns, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dow Corning
- Scott Davis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, UPS
- Richard L. Friedman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Carpenter & Company, Inc.
- Gene Hale, Founder and President, G&C Equipment Corporation
- William Hite, General President, United Association
- Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company
- Charles R. Kaye, Co-President, Warburg Pincus
- Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Dow Chemical Company
- Gary W. Loveman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
- Denise Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Soup Company
- Alan Mulally, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ford Motor Company
- Raul Pedraza, Founder and President, Magno International L.P.
- Ivan Seidenberg, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Verizon
- Glenn Tilton, Non-Executive Chairman, United Continental Holdings, Inc. and Chairman of the Midwest, JPMorgan Chase
- James S. Turley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ernst & Young
- Patricia A. Woertz, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Archer Daniels Midland Company
These are some of the top CEO's, Chairpersons, and Corporate Officers of the United States. To quote Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox......"Why wouldn't we outsource services?" Also mentioned in an above quote is the searchable TAA database. Allow me to post it here. Remember to unclick "denied petitions" in your search screen. The database contains all TAA petitions certified or denied between January 1994 and June 2010. And of course, a database is only as good as the info the corporations chose to disclose.
And here is a very busy website for the International Trade Administration. I can't say I understand all of it, but I am horrified by some of it.
I don't understand it all. Maybe some of you can help to educate me on the double meaning of "pretty corporate phrases." But I do understand what is about to happen to my job of 28 years. Maintaining double digit yoy profits is pure Wall Street Greed. It isn't necessary for a company to demonstrate high return on assets to be successful. In fact, it has caused many companies to sell stable assets that were an investment in themselves. Since they have run out of real estate to sell, they are now selling the jobs... to the people who will take the least. It isn't because we aren't competitive. American workers work longer hours with less time off and less sleep than almost all of the free world.
I have been invited to join the new company that will be performing my work.... at slightly over half the pay. No tenure. No vacation accrual. No guarantees.
I have been sold while I slept.