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posted in April 2006

'Outsourced' Programmers Finally Get Same Benefits As Laid-Off Factory Workers--A Fair, But Costly, Development

4/25/2006
Companies lay off workers for many reasons--they're employed in a unit that isn't profitable, they worked on a discontinued product, the employer is downsizing, etc. Or they work in an industry that's losing ground to foreign competitors with lower costs. Given the myriad ways in which one could suddenly find himself or herself out of a job, is there any justification for the government singling out the latter category for special benefits--like an extra year's worth of unemployment payments?

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In China And India, IT Workers Fiddle While Paris And Rome Burn

4/11/2006
Were I an Indian or Chinese IT worker or engineer, I'd be smiling after reading Monday's editions of Le Monde or Il Tempo. That's because I'd know that a job currently located in France or Italy is coming my way. I'd also be secure in the knowledge that after this week's events, there's almost zero chance that a multinational I might want to work for--say, IBM or Siemens--is going to choose Western Europe (with the possible exception of the U.K. or Ireland) over my country as t

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U.S. Needs More H-1B Workers Or More Offshore Outsourcing: Take Your Pick

4/4/2006
As Congress considers a massive expansion of the H-1B visa worker program, opponents of the plan should consider this: Failure by federal lawmakers to allow more skilled IT workers into the country will result in more U.S. corporations simply outsourcing their computer work to India or some other offshore locale where skilled help is plentiful and cheap. Is that what you really want?

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