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While the US taxpayer has been more than generous towards Bank of America, giving the bank up to $199.2 billion in federal assistance, CEO Ken Lewis hasn't exactly returned the favor.

The New York Post is now reporting that Bank of America has "expanded its India-based payroll to 5 percent of its 301,000 employees" this year - a total of around 15,000 people.

While expanding operations in India, Bank of America continues to lay off its American workers.  Since 2004, the bank has cut over 34,000 American jobs, and recently announced plans to eliminate up to 35,000 additional jobs over the next three years.  These cuts will amount to 12% of the company's workforce, and would be one of the largest rounds of layoffs in the history of the financial services industry.

"I feel bad about firing people, but at least I have the courage to do it." -Ken Lewis, Bank of America CEO

A note to Ken Lewis: We invested in you.  It's about time that you invested in us, too.

For more information about SEIU's campaign to fire Bank of America's CEO Ken Lewis, please visit TakeBackTheEconomy.org.

Originally posted to Brad Levinson on Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 07:42 AM PDT.

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