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Export of our jobs to other countries; labor law

Many of the people who have suffered from the downsizing and the current recession, which is continuing in NJ, are in the telecommunications industry.  Building up our ports or investing in biotechnology are not going to provide jobs for these people.  Even companies that started in NJ, such as Avaya, which was formerly part of Lucent, which was formerly part of AT&T, have moved many research and development jobs abroad, particularly to India.  This is especially troubling for women in engineering and science, since in India or many other countries women will not have equality.  

The government has been taking a laissez-fair economic attitude toward allowing jobs to leave the US, and this has to stop.  Germany has worker-protection laws which prevent people from being fired.  New Jersey has "at will" employment, so that an employer can terminate an older employee if a young applicant asking for less money walks in the door, and so that an employer can terminate a group in NJ and then rehire it in India.  One major company here recently stated a new policy that employees cannot use job transfers to get off layoff lists, so now a worker with 18 years of service can't transfer to a new business unit to avoid being laid off at the current business unit.  Women, Africans Americans, and Chinese Americans have been the first to get laid off, and women are treated miserably if they ever have an opinion.

The Democrats need to differentiate ourselves from the Republicans by offering our workforce basic protection from the current practices in which managers can act toward workers in any unfair manner at whim, with workers have no protection unless they think they have a completely airtight legal case (which is rare).  

by rentersconcerns on July 02 at 4:24 PM EST


Keeping and importing jobs

Your suggestions focus solely on holding onto existing jobs and, in my opinion, that's not enough. I agree that we need to protect the existing workforce but we also have to look to the future and attract the jobs of the future.

Many jobs do go elsewhere simply because companies are looking for cheap labor, but that's not the whole story. Jobs in many industries, including communications, have been lost because of poor corporate management. As long as corporate management refuses to look past the next quarter's profits all of the labor laws in the world won't solve the problem.

The labor market is also changing every day and we need to help people keep pace with that. "Life long learning" is a phrase that's been around for a long time but now we have to make it a reality. We must strengthen our educational system not only for the traditional young students making their way through the grades and into college but also for those who return to school. That diploma is still a ticket to success but it doesn't cover the whole trip.

Finally, let's not forget that outsourcing is a two-way street. Have a look at Alabama where ten's of thousands of good new jobs have been created by companies from outside the US. There are small examples of this happening in New Jersey but there could be more.

This is a complex issue, but if we work together then we'll make things better.

Barry

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by BarryforClark on July 04 at 5:18 PM EST
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