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  •  Amen (4.00)
    Trade policies are not holy writ.  We can open barriers and negotiate trade partnerships without selling out democracy and the working man to international corporations.

    Also, can we please can we stop referring to the working man as a "special interest group"?

    I am calling my congressmen.

    •  artifical separation (4.00)
      There is some sort of "lie" being perpetuated
      that if one gets a college degree or "advances
      your skills" one is exempt from corporate
      creed and the "Buy America" plan being implemented
      by Bush corporation and some "centrist" Democrats
      who are truly all members of the corporate party.

      But, right now, almost any job can be offshore
      outsourced and if not that, then "insourced"
      by abuse of the US VISA system (H-1B, L-1, etc.)
      It is well documented the abuses yet there is
      still an attitude that "it happened to just
      those workers or those factory workers" etc.
      It isn't "my problem" because I am a MD or an attorney or a professor.  

      Well, the thing is it is happening to the entire
      US middle class and American needs to wake up and show some solidarity.  Where is the social sense in America anymore?  People used the programs to their advantage, implemented by FDR administration yet show little gratitude
      or social responsibility that brought those programs into being.  Now every single one of those programs is under attack by the Grover Norquist agenda.

      Factory workers, blue collar workers and white
      collar workers are one and the same, LABOR.

      by Robert Oak on Fri Jun 24, 2005 at 03:40:27 PM PDT

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      •  IF (4.00)
        the Chamber of Commerce or the National Assocition of Business are for something you can bank on the worker losing his job, healthcare, pension or a reduction in wages.

        If the children ask you why so many died, tell them, because their fathers lied." Rudyard Kipling

        by TexDem on Fri Jun 24, 2005 at 04:49:25 PM PDT

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      •  Sat Jun 25, 1:18 AM ET (none)
        NEW YORK (AFP) - US tech giant IBM plans to increase its payroll in India this year by 14,000 workers as it cuts up to 13,000 jobs in Europe and the United States, a labor group said.

        The moves in India were indicated in what was claimed to be an internal company document posted on the website of the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, of Washtech, which seeks to unionize high-tech workers.

        It indicated IBM's Indian workforce would rise to 38,196 in 2005 from 24,150 in 2004.

        "IBM India has seen double-digit growth in the last five years," Barbini told AFP. "In 2004, IBM India recorded revenue growth of 45 percent. We ended December 31 with roughly 23,000 employees in India making IBM India's sixth largest IT employer."

        Barbini offered no specifics on increases in Indian hiring, but noted that the company has announced it would hire 1,000 programmers for a new software center in Hyderabad.

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