May 23, 2016
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial
New York, NY – Verizon is offshoring work to the Philippines and other countries at a rapid pace. The amount of work shifted overseas is far beyond what has been reported.
The offshoring of Verizon customer service jobs and the building of these call centers outside of the USA, is totally disregarding the American worker and the future of our country. Center employees in the Philippines are paid $1.78 an hour and forced to work overtime without compensation.
Workers at the Carrier Corp.’s manufacturing facility in Indianapolis are fighting to save their jobs from being outsourced to a plant in Mexico. Many of these people have worked at the Indianapolis plant for years, and their work has made Carrier, a subsidiary of United Technologies, a hugely profitable company. Last year, Carrier made $7 billion and paid $10 million to United Technologies CEO Gregory Hayes. The company plans to close its operations in Indiana, move to Mexico and pay workers poverty wages. This decision will devastate the 1,400 workers at the facility and their families as well as their community.
In Chicago Illinois the Mondelēz Company shut its Nabisco factory and built a new $130 million dollar plant in Mexico. About 600 Chicago workers were permanently laid off. Chicago and the State of Illinois gave Nabisco $90 million in tax breaks from 1993 to 2003 to stay in Chicago. The company secretly planned to accept funds from the USA while moving to Mexico and disregard its commitment to stay in Chicago. This company reneged on a commitment and stole money from Chicago.
Every day, American jobs are moved out of the USA. These heartless decisions by American companies are not being addressed by the Congress or our President – and that is a disgrace. Bad trade deals like NAFTA and CAFTA are disrupting the lives of millions of Americans as workers become unemployed. The rapid and continual loss of jobs in the USA is now causing economic instability in this great nation. The exporting of jobs from America must be addressed by our government.