Thursday, January 27, 2011

Photo of the day: Strategic outsourcing

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 3:22 PM

State Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta: We need to create policy that keep jobs in Georgia.
  • Joeff Davis
  • State Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta: 'We need to create policy that keep jobs in Georgia.'
Labor representatives and two Democratic state lawmakers gathered Thursday morning at the Capitol to speak out against the outsourcing of Georgia’s jobs — and call for legislation that would discourage employers from shipping work out of state and the country.

At least 280,000 jobs — including 4,500 in Georgia — were sent overseas last year, according to Charlie Flemming, President of North Georgia Labor Council of the AFL-CIO. “We call on corporations to stop outsourcing American jobs and to put Americans back to work,” he said.

At the same time the press conference was taking place, the speakers noted, “The Strategic Outsourcing Conference” was just getting started at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead. For between $2,100 and $2,500 — not including hotel accommodations — corporate executives could attend workshops and seminars to learn about “Capitalizing on Opportunities in the New Global Landscape.” Some of the nation's largest corporations have attended previous conferences to learn more about outsourcing and the off-shoring industry.

According to the conference agenda, “the outsourcing/offshoring industry has survived the financial crisis and some of the participants have done very well indeed.” Workshops include lessons from HR and IT executives from such corporations as Tyco International, Deloitte Consulting and the Coca-Cola Company, among others. One seminar offers tips on how to prevent "organizational resistance to change." The two-day conference ends with the ominous-sounding closing panel discussion titled “Leave No Stone Unturned.” (Read the entire agenda here (PDF).

"[Outsourcing]'s not a Democratic issue or Republican issue," AFL-CIO Georgia President Richard Ray said. "It's an American issue."

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