The Best Job Training Is a Job
Stan Sorscher is Legislative Director at the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), a union representing over 20,000 scientists, engineers, technical and professional employees in the aerospace industry. He has been with SPEEA since 2000.
Stan has a BS in Physics from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in physics from UC Berkeley. He worked on X-ray imaging, image reconstruction and image processing, ultrasonic imaging, optics, and noise analysis. Many years ago, he worked did research in statistical physics and biophysics.
Stan is an activist in Seattle Washington, working on trade, economic development, health care, immigration, workforce development and education in science technology engineering and math.
He manages a co-ed softball team, where he imagines he is the 6th best shortstop on the team, depending on who shows up.
As the economy struggles, we are told that education will be the key to renewed prosperity. So, I was quite surprised to read in the New York Times about a mother who was accused of over-investing in her daughter's college education, by borrowing to send her to NYU. After graduation, they realized the daughter's employment prospects fell well short of the income she would need to pay off her loans.
The article left the impression that the family's resources would have been better spent on some other investment, perhaps real estate, or T-bills.
This Time It's Armenia: USAID Funds IT In Eurasia
After pledging millions to bolster outsourcing in South Asia, federal agency extends largesse to a new recipient.
Even as controversy mounts over its funding of IT outsourcers in South Asia, the U.S. Agency for International Development has announced a program under which it will partner with the government of Armenia—a nation anxious to lure computer work from American shores--to promote the development of the country's information technology industry.
U.S. To Train 3,000 Offshore IT Workers
A $22 million, federally-backed program aims to help outsourcers in South Asia become more fluent in areas like Java programming—and the English language.
In an article posted today on its website, Information Week discusses the intention of a Federal Agency to train foreign workers to compete with US IT workers using tax dollars.
Despite President Obama's pledge to retain more hi-tech jobs in the U.S., a federal agency run by a hand-picked Obama appointee has launched a $22 million program to train workers, including 3,000 specialists in IT and related functions, in South Asia.
Following their training, the tech workers will be placed with outsourcing vendors in the region that provide offshore IT and business services to American companies looking to take advantage of the Asian subcontinent's low labor costs.
IBM Abandons US Workforce
News from the Alliance@IBM CWA Local 1701,
As unemployment increases, IBM continues to abandon the US workforce in favor of offshore workers. Not only is IBM shifting work from US locations to low wage countries it is also importing foreign workers to replace US workers.
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Internal Microsoft Document on HB 1487 Leaked
This highly controversial legislation, HB 1487, which goes into effect July 1st in Washington State, is just another example of a transnational corporation asserting its influence in our local government. This legislation was drawn up inside of Microsoft and sponsored by Representative Ross Hunter, a former manager at Microsoft.