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Good to know since I was just informed that my Job is being Outsourced and I have to start looking again.... :(
 

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cschmit said:
Good to know since I was just informed that my Job is being Outsourced and I have to start looking again.... :(
Sorry to hear that, I feel your pain. Just be thankful you're not in Michigan...it's a ghost town so far as jobs are concerned. Especially in I.T.! I've been out of work for one year, and four months. I haven't limited my search to I.T. either.
 

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MacombMonitor said:
Sorry to hear that, I feel your pain. Just be thankful you're not in Michigan...it's a ghost town so far as jobs are concerned. Especially in I.T.! I've been out of work for one year, and four months. I haven't limited my search to I.T. either.
Well some good news with Google coming here. Also things in IT are starting to look up. I know I am also looking
 

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MacombMonitor said:
Sorry to hear that, I feel your pain. Just be thankful you're not in Michigan...it's a ghost town so far as jobs are concerned. Especially in I.T.! I've been out of work for one year, and four months. I haven't limited my search to I.T. either.
IT is where I am, E-mail admin. Company decided to try and save $$ and outsource a big part of our IT team to IBM.... What really stinks is I just got this job 8 months ago. :(
 

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When SBC decided to outsource it's Directory Operations (aka Yellow Pages) I.T. Department to AMDOCS (based out of Israel), it immediately impacted approximately 450 employees! Some had been with Michigan Bell/Ameritech for over 25 years!

We all heard the usual B.S., nothing will change, blah, blah, blah. Motivated (FORCED) early retirements, resignations under duress, and numerous layoffs followed. Two years later only about 150 of the original 450 employees remained. That's when I left. AMDOCS began importing replacement employees from all walks of life, from everywhere but America! The offices started resembling the United Nations.

It's even worse now, and the people remaining are being used, and abused! Many employees were screwed out of severance packages, retirement benefits, pension money, etc. SBC Corporate then began outsourcing much of it's remaining I.T. to IBM. A friend of mine works for a company that outsourced it's entire HR department to IBM! IBM doing HR...weird!
 

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Alot of the outsourcing is a direct result of companies not wanting to pay for health insurance. Every four years this issue comes up and nothing is done about it. I think it is time for healthcare reform in America.
 

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cschmit said:
Good to know since I was just informed that my Job is being Outsourced and I have to start looking again.... :(
Welcome to the club. I was let go June 2 due to overseas outsourcing. Now I am going to use a program from the Dept. of Labor to go back to school. But for right now, I am kicking back, collecting on a meger severance package and milking my unemployment $$ for as much as I can get!;)
 

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Alot of the outsourcing is a direct result of companies not wanting to pay for health insurance. Every four years this issue comes up and nothing is done about it. I think it is time for healthcare reform in America.
Hmm living directly across from Windsor and being a 1st Gen American we do NOT want CANADIAN STYLE HEALTH CARE!!!

Most of my family lives over there and the system is not great. Taxes are so high. I worked over in windsor for an insurance company as well. Let me tell you what a shock the teax rate is! Add to that the GST, PST and every other tax.

BTW why is government even involved in healthcare? Where oh where in the constitution's enumerated powers for federal government is anything to do with health care? Or for that matter most of what they are doing?
 
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you can throw another log on the fire for me.

after 8 years with my employer, i walked out the door rather than lose my frickin' mind. it was just one of those jobs that started out well, but slowly turned into a nightmare. it also didn't help that no one moved unless they were carted out on a stretcher. oh yes, and that there were no raises. or bonuses. or COLA adjustments. while every possible fee and tax went up up up.

so i took a 68% paycut to work part-time in a job that wasn't Career Suicide.

i still have a house and car payment, but was fiscally responsible enough to set aside money for when this would happen. some of it involves liquidating my retirement, but hell at least i HAVE the retirement money! about enough to buy a GMC truck. yes, the bastards kept half. don't ever contribute to the Teachers Retirement System in Texas if you can help it.

there are still plenty of low-paying IT jobs in Texas, and i am already in the pipe with several employers and a recruiter. it's just, well, you know how the game is played. if you are unemployed/underemployed for a month, prepare to be so for 6 months. and after 6 months, a year.
 
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Thankfully my company has given me a 8 month warning so I still have a job for the next 8 months but with the way the market is it may take that full 8 months and more to find a new one. As for severance pay, LOL I have only been here 8 months so I will get almost nothing. This is all really unfortunate because this was one of the best places I have worked for yet.
 

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John_M said:
Alot of the outsourcing is a direct result of companies not wanting to pay for health insurance. Every four years this issue comes up and nothing is done about it. I think it is time for healthcare reform in America.
Since when is it up to companies/employers to pay for our healthcare? Because some companies provide that as a benefit to some employees, now everyone is entitled to it?

Not so much. It's not government's business to reform it, either (that includes forbidding foreign drugs). That doesn't stop those wishing to buy votes in the next round of elections from doing so, though.

I hear alot of people clamor about the "panacea" of the Canadian health-care system. I can see where it'd be wonderful to wait months and months for substandard treatment.

Remember... you get what you pay for. When it comes to my health-related expenses, I don't mind paying what's charged... after all... it's my life, and certainly worth that. Even the ridiculously high taxes levied in Canada to provide so-called "universal" (read: "socialist") health-care coverage isn't enough to fund a health-care system properly. In the end, my physical well-being is certainly worth more to me than to trust it to a program that is not only socialist (gee... living conditions were *great* in the USSR... the Union of Soviet *Socialist* Republics), but also run by the government. Maybe if people took a little more fiscal responsibility about themselves instead of running off and spending all their money on all kinds of frivolous BS, they'd be able to afford the health care they need, and this ridiculous idea of a socialist health-care system in the US would die.

Remember... personal freedom requires personal responsibility. In other words, quit putting my freedom (and others') at risk so you can be irresponsible.

Yeah... I get a little testy when people threaten my health, welfare, and pocketbook.:)
 

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Well something needs to be done. Who said anything about a universal health care program? You like the way companies are sending jobs overseas and are outsourcing jobs. Like I said, the costs of heathcare are too much for companies to hire employees. :confused:
 

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I worked for an ISP for 9 years, and recently (Feb 2006) became the victim of a buyout/downsizing. I wasn't suppose to be on the cut list but they put me on it anyway and the former VP of operations went to get that fixed but they wouldn't back out. BASTARDS! The company who bought us was XFONE.

Anyhow I'm now in law enforcement. I don't mind the job. But I know how you guys all feel because I became one of those statistics too.
 

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If we are going to do something about "job outsourcing" and "sending jobs overseas", repeal adversarial taxes and drop the minimum wage (and especially don't hike it). These are leading causes of lost jobs. Again, it's not the responsibility of the employers to provide healthcare benefits. In fact, fewer and fewer employers are even offering healthcare benefits, but they are still hiring people. It's the imposed costs of doing business (taxes, high wages) that is costing the jobs, not the costs of healthcare.

Look at California... which is hemorrhaging businesses (and people). It's well-known that they have a very oppressive tax structure there, and those that are fleeing are doing so because they've realized it. They are leaving for more tax-friendly Nevada and Arizona, and other states.

Something else that contributes to lost jobs are unions that demand ridiculously high wages from their employers for work that isn't worth what they're getting paid... a very efficient mechanism by which coffers are sucked dry and businesses are scuttled, taking the jobs with them.

When people talk about health-care reform, it's almost always about the implementation of a universal health-care scheme, so that's the direction I went, since you weren't more specific. Sorry if that was the wrong direction. My opinions still stand, tho.

Bottom line is: if anything "has" to be done, it's that people have to be more responsible for themselves if they want the freedoms that they demand. You can't have one without the other without unfairly infringing on someone else. People need to step back from this "entitlement" attitude that they have and understand that if they want something, it's up to them to pay for it.

Now... don't get me wrong: if groups get social health plans together in which their membership is voluntary, I have no problem with that. It's when people are forced to do so that I start having a problem.

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If we are going to do something about "job outsourcing" and "sending jobs overseas", repeal adversarial taxes and drop the minimum wage (and especially don't hike it).
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The recent increase in the minimum wage was the first one in almost ten years! I doubt seriously that has much to do with it.
 

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The current federal minimum wage is $5.15, which hasn't been increased since 1997, AFAIK. The Clinton Adminstration allowed for states to set their own minimum wage rate. Any chance you might live in a state that recently increased, and you're referring to that?

Increases in minimum wage rates have a direct effect on the number of jobs available. The larger the increase, the more detrimental the effect. Studies conducted the last time the federal minimum wage was raised (from $4.25 to $5.15/hr) placed the estimated number of jobs "lost" since in the 625,000 to 1,000,000 range. It doesn't matter that it's been almost 10 years since... that's a significant number of jobs.
 

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People need to step back from this "entitlement" attitude that they have and understand that if they want something, it's up to them to pay for it.
Since when? Traditionally it has been the employer who provides health care benefits. Why should we step back from this? It has worked before and can work again. Yes, fewer and fewer businesses are providing health care benefits. Why because they can't afford it.

Now, say instead they pay you more without providing health care. You still need health insurance. I agree with you on the taxes, NYS has high taxes also. It appears to me that we can start with the cost of prescription drugs and go from there.

I don't like the idea of saving your money so you can pay for your hospital bills if a sudden illness comes upon you or a member of your family. Hey, don't take your kids to Cedar Point you should save that money if one of them gets sick. Just how much should you save? This is what health insurance is for.

Health insurers are keeping their costs down by limiting their coverage and the cost for the insurance has gone higher.
 
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2112 said:
The current federal minimum wage is $5.15, which hasn't been increased since 1997, AFAIK. The Clinton Adminstration allowed for states to set their own minimum wage rate. Any chance you might live in a state that recently increased, and you're referring to that?

Increases in minimum wage rates have a direct effect on the number of jobs available. The larger the increase, the more detrimental the effect. Studies conducted the last time the federal minimum wage was raised (from $4.25 to $5.15/hr) placed the estimated number of jobs "lost" since in the 625,000 to 1,000,000 range. It doesn't matter that it's been almost 10 years since... that's a significant number of jobs.

Yep going up to 6.90 and we already have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.
 
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