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December 15, 2004

The AFL-CIO claims Walmart employees make $9 an hour on average. That adds up to $20,000 dollars a year, which is less than half the national average.

The labor unions also complain Walmart not only kills higher-paid supermarket jobs but lowers the standard of living where the company locates. The unions say the cause is the lower priced items.


by Lou Dobbs

December 6, 2004

Congressional authority to peek into citizens' tax returns wasn't the only clause hidden in the omnibus spending bill that recently passed. There's also a more welcome surprise for the American worker: a grant for a comprehensive study of the effects of o

So far, the government has simply lacked the data to determine offshore outsourcing's impact on the U.S. work force, said Republican Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia. Wolf initiated the measure to grant $2 million to the independent, nonpartisan National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) for the study.

India Daily

by Sankar Mehta

November 19, 2004

Why did GE quit India outsourcing bandwagon?

After all they were the pioneers ten years back one of the very companies to have the foresight of growth in the sector. GE quit India because they found out that it is not worth owning the dirty part of the business. Let the native companies like HCL, WIPRO and Tatas handle the dirty work for little money.

Business Week

December 3, 2003

Rather than send IT work to India, a Boston startup sought locals at the same money. The result: plenty of applicants -- and a lot of questions

Jon placed some ads in The Boston Globe, offering full-time contract programming work for $45,000 annually. (He had decided that it was worth adding a $5,000 premium to what he'd pay the Indian workers in exchange for having the programmers on site.) <br><br>The result- "We got flooded" with resumes, about 90 in total, many from highly qualified programmers having trouble finding work in the down economy, Jon says. His decision: "For $5,000 it was no contest." Jon went American. And the outcome- "I think I got the best of both worlds. I got local people who came in for 10% more (than Indians). And I found really good ones."

The Honolulu Advertiser (HI)

by Jim Dooley

November 26, 2003

Two companies that have received a half-billion dollars in federal construction contracts here over the past eight years are now the subjects of a federal grand jury criminal investigation into how some of those contracts were awarded.

One of the companies, Nan Inc., has gone from a small business in 1995 to the single largest locally owned federal contractor in Hawai'i today, landing 56 contracts worth a maximum of $463 million, according to an Advertiser analysis of federal procurement records.

Silicon Valley Biz Ink

by PRNewswire

November 26, 2003

Blanket Purchase Agreement Covers Range of IT Services

Global Management Systems Incorporated (GMSI), provider of IT services to the U.S. federal government, was awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of Bethesda, Maryland. The five-year contract calls for information technology and programming services.<br><br>GMSI will be furnishing LAN infrastructure, helpdesk, and audio-video indexing services.

Ghana Web

by Philip Emeagwali

November 2, 2003

For 10 million African-born emigrants, the word 'home' is synonymous with the United States, Britain or other country outside of Africa.

25 years ago, I fell in love with an American girl, married her three years later, and became eligible to sponsor a Green Card visa for my 35 closest relatives, including my parents and all my siblings, nieces and nephews. <br><br>The story of how I brought 35 people to the United States exemplifies how 10 million skilled people have emigrated out of Africa during the past 30 years.

CNN (Asia)

by Parija Bhatnagar

October 30, 2003

Head of online unit says he doesn't want to be another Amazon but he has big plans for the site.

The revamped site will now let customers select and buy products online and pick them up at a Wal-Mart store, including digital cameras, contact lenses, tires and pharmacy products.

Computer World

by Patrick Thibodeau

May 26, 2003

Measure would curb L-1 program; H-1B cap decline approaches

Congress has been asked to set restrictions on the L-1 visa, preventing so-called IT body shops from using it as a vehicle to bring in foreign labor. But no move has been made to raise the H-1B cap, set to fall from 195,000 to 65,000 in October.

Computer World

by Patrick Thibodeau

February 3, 2003

Jobless protesting program despite a decrease in the number of H-1Bs issued

With the H-1B visa cap due to drop, industry groups don't know whether Congress will be in any mood to increase it with unemployment as high as it is. Meanwhile, displaced workers are organizing.

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