I-Squared Equals I'm Screwed
by Stan Sorcher
This January, Senators Hatch and Klobuchar introduced The Immigration Innovation Act, known as "I-Squared." It will triple the number of foreign temporary workers from about 800,000 to over 2.3 million. This will distort the labor market for jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which has only 4 million workers all told. I-Squared will seriously depress the domestic STEM labor market.
Conjuring a High-Tech Labor Shortage
By Stan Sorscher
We hear two views about the high-tech work force.
On one hand, employers warn of a dire labor shortage. On the other, recent high-tech graduates can't find jobs. Many face crushing student loans that they may never pay off. Mid-career high-tech workers are steadily being let go. Discouraged mid-career workers take lower-paid service jobs after months of searching for a job as good as the one they lost.
Employers get plenty of applications, but they can't find "qualified workers." Peter Cappelli, at the Wharton School studied this situation. He finds that employers are hiring more selectively, looking for the ideal match. It's not enough to be able to do the job. Employers want someone already doing that exact job.
Read the story on Huffingtonpost.com
Labor chief Richard Trumka: “We won’t be taken for granted”
The AFL-CIO president talks Obama's win, the struggles ahead, and the movement's evolving political role
Unions had a good night last Tuesday. “I think we were the margin in states like Ohio, Wisconsin and Nevada, and probably three or four other ones,” AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka told Salon in a Wednesday interview. In Ohio, said Trumka, AFL-CIO members are 83 percent white. 40 percent are evangelicals, and 53 percent own guns. “And they voted 70 percent for Barack Obama.”
Read the story on Salon.
GM to add 1500 IT jobs in Warren, MI
General Motors Co. and the state are expected to announce today that GM will create 2,000 new jobs in Michigan, beginning with up to 1,500 at a new information technology innovation center in Warren.
The automaker and the Governor's Office are expected to make formal announcements later today.
Read the story in The Detroit News.
We don’t know, exactly, what the Trans-Pacific Partnership is, but I’m against it
By Stan Sorscher
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is probably the most important trade agreement you’ve never heard of. Sometimes described as our “21st Century trade agreement,” its terms are being negotiated in secret by 11 countries, big and small, arranged around the Pacific Ocean.
As the TPP takes shape, we see that it’s really the old NAFTA model, built from the ground up to shield global businesses from public debate, public policy, and public regulation. The 14th round of talks took place in September, in Leesburg VA.
GM to Add 500 New I.T. Jobs in Texas
Fri, Sep 7 2012
AUSTIN, Texas – General Motors is hiring software developers, project managers, database experts, business analysts and other information technology professionals to staff the first of several new IT Innovation Centers in the United States intended to drive breakthrough ideas into GM vehicles and business processes globally.
“We want IT to keep up with the imagination of our GM business partners, and to do that, we plan to rebalance the employment model over the next three years so that the majority of our IT work is done by GM employees focused on extending new capabilities that further enable our business,” GM Chief Information Officer Randy Mott said.
Austin was chosen for an Innovation Center because the city already has people with the skills GM is seeking - 46,000, according to the May 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Report.
“We anticipate hiring as many as 500 new GM employees in Austin,” Mott said. “We look to the Innovation Centers to design and deliver IT that drives down the cost of ongoing operations while continuously increasing the level and speed at which innovative products and services are available to GM customers.
“The next generation of IT workers, the talented visionaries we want contributing at the Innovation Center, are being trained at top computer science schools in Texas and surrounding states,” Mott said. “The IT Innovation Centers are critical to our overall IT business strategy and transformation.”
GM already has more than 4,500 employees in Texas, including about 1,800 at GM Financial locations. Approximately 2,500 people build Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac SUVs in Arlington, where a recently announced third shift will start in the first quarter of 2013. In addition, a new $200 million stamping plant is under construction that will create or retain approximately 180 jobs. Two Customer Call Centers are based in the state, and GM is a corporate partner in the Pecan Street sustainable living project in Austin.