A Nov. 10th article by Alan Tonelson, titled "High-Tech
Jobs: Another Industry Races to the Bottom," contains this interesting
I assume the article is on the website. I'm quoting from a preliminary
"This year, technology and other white-collar outsourcing has become so
widespread, and the economy's job-creating powers have become so feeble,
that the issue has become front-page news and the public is revolting. Like
their counterparts in the rest of the economy, the multinational
tech-outsourcers and their apologists have begun to react with a combination
of almost refreshingly honest arrogance and insultingly incoherent
"In the former category, tech industry spokesman Harris Miller takes first
prize. President of the Information Technology Association of America,
Miller spent the late 1990s insisting that America faced a tech worker
shortage so enormous that only a flood of immigrant techies could fill the
gap. He also warned that, without such tech worker imports, these firms
would send the jobs overseas.
"Now, as unemployment in technology still tops 8 percent despite months of
better economic growth, Miller has shifted toward defending outsourcing as a
"hard truth" that Americans must face. The nation's main hope for stemming
this job flight? As Miller told Congress, "downward pressure on salaries."
In other words, U.S. technology workers should plunge deeper into the global
race to the bottom.
"More funding for technology education would help, too, he added. But Miller
was surely relieved that no Congressmen asked him how this would improve
America's competitiveness with foreign workers who he argued can "compete
for increasingly more sophisticated and complex IT work" at "a fraction" of
If there's been any doubt about the "free-trade" agenda of this
administration and its multinational cronies, it should be evaporating to
nothing right about now.
Look for the full article at the web address above.
- posted 18 years ago