June 23, 2005 at 7:13 pm #1099
I have been in the manufacturing industry for 5 years now and have been layed off 3 times due to the company trying to stay competetive. Now I understand that a company has to do this in order to stay in business, but this is what really irks me about the whole thing. After working in several manufacturing plants it became clearer to me that the board members became more concerned with profits then allegiance to the this country. Even after hearing horror stories from some Engineers of how rotten the facilities and treatment of the people were. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as capatalists as the next guy but I draw the line when morals and allegiance start to become blurry and eventually disappear.
What do you guys think?
~VictorJune 23, 2005 at 8:34 pm #5207
We’re facing a similar situation in Minnesota with Northwest Airlines. Northwest is based in Minnesota and many of its mechanics are based here, live here, etc. but due to the airline industry woes and Northwest facing possible bankruptcy they want to cut many of their mechanics and outsource maintenance.
Current Northwest mechanics are upset (understandably) and contend that they can do a much better job than some outsourced outfit.
I feel American companies owe it to American workers to provide jobs. Heck, if no one in this country had a job because everything is being done overseas who is going to have any money to buy the products?
Also, can’t forget to mention that many companies who move jobs overseas don’t pay even half of what American workers are paid. I wish those foreign workers would demand more so that companies don’t have the option to save money by moving labor out of the U.S.
And many companies have figured out how to save several million $ in taxes by doing overseas work. I think the government needs to close those loopholes.June 23, 2005 at 8:37 pm #5208
GKC (one of my heroes and the guy that got me interested in RCC) has a lot to say about this very thing. It wouldn’t work, but you should look up some of his works on economics — some are on-line. Google “G. K. Chesterton” and poke around.
I think it stinks. It also means that employees have little loyalty to their companies, and we all suffer when that happens. I’m a radical when it comes to that — never give notice! Swipe pencils! Leave the end of the toilet paper in the toilet bowl so you waste additional paper when you flush!
Sorry, got carried away. Sorry you’ve been laid off so much.June 23, 2005 at 8:56 pm #5209
Wow. that stinks.
It is funny because while immedaite profits may be gained–n the long term sending jobs overseas hurts the economy and ultimately hurts the company. When will companies start to realize this…June 24, 2005 at 3:22 pm #5215
Perfect example right here in today’s news: [url:1o9xrjym]http://money.cnn.com/2005/06/24/news/fortune500/ibm_india/index.htm[/url:1o9xrjym]
It’s sad, just sad. ” title=”Sad” />June 24, 2005 at 3:37 pm #5216
Wow!! Now they aren’t even doing it for financial reasons. But to find skill elsewhere. We must not have skills here in the US. Makes perfect sense, eh? ” title=”Confused” />
~VictorJune 25, 2005 at 1:16 am #5222
That is about all that was left to American workers. We had skills. Labor went overseas while we did design.June 27, 2005 at 6:26 pm #5241
One other thing that seems to bother me is that we are outsourcing to China. Although I’m all for improving the quality of life for others, I dread the Chinese government atheistic and communits ways. They have also claimed allegiance with North Korea in the past. Not sure if they do now but what if the US invades North Korea because they refuse to stop their nuclear program, what will the Chinese do? ” title=”Neutral” />
~VictorJune 27, 2005 at 6:57 pm #5245
[quote:29d9u3nr]They have also claimed allegiance with North Korea in the past. Not sure if they do now but what if the US invades North Korea because they refuse to stop their nuclear program, what will the Chinese do?[/quote:29d9u3nr]
I’ve heard about this too. I dread to think what would happen.
Outsourcing is dangerous to our country. Not only does it take away jobs from unskilled workers, but also skilled ones. People go to college to get jobs, but no one can find a job because they are being sent overseas.
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