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Making It Illegal to Hire Abroad

Ask Marcus Courtney, president of a Seattle-area union for technology workers, whether state governments should outsource work only to firms that hire U.S.-based employees, and the answer is a predictable yes. “The fact is that these are taxpayer dollars, and there is clearly a benefit for taxpayer dollars to go to support the economy in this country,” said Courtney, who leads WashTech, a local affiliate of the Communications Workers of America. In today’s stagnant labor market, the union has argued, lawmakers must take steps to keep jobs from heading overseas. Only recently, however, is such logic gaining ground with legislators. As the prospect of paying drastically reduced wages for qualified workers prompts a growing number of U.S. companies to shift technology and services jobs overseas, state and federal lawmakers are beginning to consider setting limits on outsourcing. So far, efforts have focused largely on contracts for government work. Full Story

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