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  •  As a child of a tech worker (4.00)
    I can tell you that North Carolina needs education but let's not kid ourselves. We've lost more than "hand" work.  North Carolina has and is still losing tech jobs.  The newly computer literate can not compete with those with years of experience for entry level and mid-level positions. There are too few jobs out there.

    I'm torn as to what kind of training will help as we continue to bleed jobs through outsourcing. The only outsource proof jobs are those tied to serving a local population, health care and services.

    Multiple generations of North Carolinians worked their entire lives building the furniture and textile industries. They are now facing growing competition for lower wage work from insourced labor.  These people deserve not only help with job training and education, they deserve a career that will not be yanked out from underneath them with the next round of tax breaks to oursourcers.  They also deserve a level playing field, competing for living wages, not suppressed wages.
    •  Then I'm pretty sure we agree (none)
      I never suggested retraining should consist of tech jobs. I think jobs like nursing, and the medical technology field are better place to start. I also think the individual worker should have ultimate controll over what training they hope to persue, and the government should be there to make sure they have the means to persue it.
      I also never intended to insinuate that this should be exclusive to those loosing their jobs in the factory industry, this type of worker retraining should be available to all people who's jobs are being outsourced.
      As far as lower wages for insourced work is concerned, I believe a more fair minimum wage and strictor enforcement of it along with enforcement of the laws regarding legal workers is essential.

      Prisoner of hope.

      by comeon on Fri Jun 24, 2005 at 04:02:47 PM PDT

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    •  What to do for NC workers (none)
      It's true that just about every job can be outsourced, including high paying tech jobs. But these jobs will only be outsourced as long as wages are inordinately cheaper in these countries. So how do we fix this? By encouraging strong labor movements all over the world. If we encourage unions (which this administration is most certainly not doing), in developing countries (they are illegal in China btw, except for the castrated state union), then wages will rise in these countries and it will not be quite so attractive to relocate there.

      The goal should be that the only things determining where a company locates are geographic factors and the quality of work produced.  

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