Shane Larson, National Director of legislation, politics, and international affairs for The Communications Workers of America, spoke with America’s Work Force on July 9 about legislation being put in place to prevent the offshoring of United States jobs.
Larson discussed legislation being brought up to keep companies from offshoring some of their jobs. The legislation he mostly touched on was the United States Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act, which is still a relatively new piece of legislation, and how it is attempting to counter AT&T offshoring their call center jobs. Larson then gave a review on AT&T and their tax break scam where they were going bankrupt and ask for subsidies to help them get back on their feet and for every billion dollars they received, they would create 7,000 more jobs. Instead, they took the money, gave bonuses to their executives and then offshored their call center jobs, upsetting many of the workers who had lost their jobs to this offshoring.
Dave Wondolowski, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with AWF on July 9 about union density in Nashville, Tennessee. He said that Nashville had a relatively low union density and wages were low, but when unions began to form and gain more traction, wages began to rise from 11 dollars to 20 dollars. Wondolowski also talked about why project labor agreements are so important to the protection of workers.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke discussed employees at an Amazon fulfillment facility in Minnesota planning a six-hour work stoppage during Amazon’s Prime Shipping day.