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Information Week

by Eric Chabrow

January 5, 2006

The chief voice for American IT Outsourcing and Offshoring vendors in Washington is seeking to switch sides and become a target of Capitol Hill lobbyists.

As head of the ITAA, Miller has lobbied Congress to liberalize laws such as the H-1B visa program to allow a greater number of foreign IT workers to be employed in the United States, as well as opposed efforts to penalize American businesses from outsourcing work overseas. Miller's positions on these matters have been attacked by some members of the liberal wing of the Democrat Party who seek to limit the importing of IT workers and the exporting of IT jobs as a way to protect American jobs. But Miller suggests his views have been misinterpreted by critics, saying he isn't pro- or anti-outsourcing, but recognizes that American businesses operate worldwide and have the right to hire workers in countries where they conduct business. Placing limits on outsourcing could hurt efforts to open foreign markets to American IT wares, he contends.

PR Leap (CA)

January 2, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO -- New Website helps people get any job they want by writing great resumes and destroy any competition.

A New Website has arrived on the Internet to help people of all ages and experience to get their dream jobs by writing great resumes. No matter what skill set you bring to the table, if your resume isn't effectively presented, you may find it difficult to locate work.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (CT)

by John Christoffersen

January 2, 2006

STAMFORD -- Jessica Smith thought she was a shoo-in for a cashier's job at an Office Depot in Minnesota last summer. The store manager was encouraging, saying he just needed to run a criminal background check.

But a week later, Smith received a rejection letter that cited a lengthy rap sheet, including drug convictions in Washington. "I have no record," Smith, 19, said as she flipped through court documents. "They all say felony and guilty. I've never even been to Washington." Smith, who fought for six weeks to clear her name before eventually landing the job, was a casualty of one of the latest trends in business hiring. Companies increasingly rely on background checks to ease security concerns and protect against costly lawsuits.

The State (SC)

by Seth Sutel

December 18, 2005

NEW YORK - Under other circumstances, 2006 might look like a pretty good year for the media industry. The Winter Olympics and a midterm election are sure to boost advertising spending, the economy is humming along and consumers seem to be spending.

But these are hardly normal circumstances. The broad shift of viewers and advertising dollars to the Internet is deeply troubling to many media companies, TV networks are grappling with the implications of ad-skipping technologies, and key advertisers like automakers and retailers are rethinking their ad budgets. Meanwhile, cable companies like Comcast Corp. and satellite broadcast providers like EchoStar Communications Corp. and DirecTV Group Inc. are facing a new threat from phone companies who are laying down ultrahigh-speed fiber optic cables that can carry high-quality video as well as data and phone signals to the home.

Eagle Forum

by Phyllis Schlafly

December 17, 2005

"Why is it taking you five years to get through college'" I asked a student attending one of my campus lectures. "Because I changed my major from computer science to accounting after I discovered there are almost no jobs available for computer majors."

Of course there are plenty computer jobs, but not for Americans because big business would rather hire foreigners. The latest piece of chicanery is buried in the 817-page Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 2005 (S.1932) now going through Congress. Without any hearings, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) got the Judiciary Committee to insert language that will raise the annual cap on H-1B visas from the current 65,000 to 95,000, reissue unused immigrant work visas or green cards up to a maximum of 90,000, and exempt the H-1Bers' family members from the cap on employment-based immigration.

The Arizona Republic

by Kevin G. Hall

December 11, 2005

WASHINGTON - The practice of transferring American jobs to lower-cost countries, called offshoring, is climbing the food chain. It's no longer just software programming and help desks that are being sent to India and elsewhere in Asia.

Fidelity National Financial of Jacksonville, Fla., is looking for tax processors in India. Intelliways, an Indian company that's working on behalf of a U.S. Internet firm, wants someone there to write news releases. India's Cactus Communications Pvt. Ltd. seeks someone in Asia to edit complex English-language research papers about topics in nuclear physics, astrophysics and particle physics for U.S. and other foreign clients. You get the picture.

Leading the Charge

by Nichola Groom and Martinne Geller

December 11, 2005

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said on Friday a campaign by a union-funded group that says Jesus would have disapproved of the company's practices is offensive and misleading.

Wake-Up Wal-Mart, which has pressured the world's largest U.S. private-sector employer to improve wages and benefits, launched the campaign on Thursday to coincide with the holiday shopping season. The retailer faces intense pressure from unions, environmentalists and others who say it pays poverty-level wages and gobbles up green space with its massive stores.

Channel Oklahoma

December 10, 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has stopped using district attorneys across the country to collect on bad checks, a move that could sharply reduce income for some local prosecutors and disrupt programs that fight check fraud.

Many district attorneys demand payment from people who write bad checks. The face value of the check and other fees go to the merchant and prosecutors add on a collection charge that can be a significant source of revenue for district attorneys. In Oklahoma, this charge is about $140 per check.

DNA (India)

by Uttara Choudhury

December 9, 2005

NEW YORK - Gloom and doom about jobs vanishing to India gripped the United States this week as three blue-blooded American corporate giants - JP Morgan Chase, Intel, and Microsoft - revealed plans to move thousands of jobs to the Indian subcontinent.

"India scored another victory in its battle to win jobs from the United States," observed The New York Post while reporting the back-to-back announcements by the three firms. "While such jobs aren't the most highly skilled in the investment banking food chain, they do represent a step up from the low-skilled jobs traditionally associated with outsourcing." JP Morgan plans to hire 4,500 workers in India. Intel plans to pour $1 billion into India. Microsoft will hire 3,000.

The New York Times [Free Subscription Required]

by Nina Bernstein

December 7, 2005

Unlike the stereotype of jobless Mexicans heading north, most of the immigrants had been employed in Mexico, the report found.

A report about the work lives of recent Mexican immigrants in seven cities across the United States suggests that they typically traded jobs in Mexico for the prospect of work here, despite serious bouts of unemployment, job instability and poor wages. The report, released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center, was based on surveys of nearly 5,000 Mexicans, most of them here illegally.

      
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