President Trump’s tariffs are not really the point

Submitted by Rennie on Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:24
China isn’t “cheating” on trade. They are playing a different game: advancing the interests of their nation, rather than global corporations. America’s new trade policies should advance the interests of our people. We pay too much attention to President Trump’s tariffs. We’ve missed the point of what China is doing, and what we want.

Massachusetts: Shouldering the Burden of Tech Layoffs, Outsourcing and Off Shoring

Submitted by Rennie on Wed, 08/08/2018 - 17:03
With a strong economy and many technology jobs, Massachusetts is shouldering the burden of tech layoffs, outsourcing and off shoring. Upon initial inspection, the Massachusetts economy is thriving. Houses sell in just days, recent college grads can always find work in the state’s many retail outfits when white collar professional work is sparse. The state also ranks high for the number of patents issued and the amount of venture capital flowing into the bio-tech and technology sectors for cutting edge ventures. All of this adds up to a dynamic job market with the opportunity for many to succeed. As good as it is in the Bay State, in this year alone there have been skilled worker layoffs at multiple employers sending technology work off shore. EMC, Stratus, Allegro MicroSystems, CompuShare, and Avid are all Massachusetts-based tech companies who have laid off MA based tech workers and moved their jobs to China, India, Thailand or the Philipines.As good as it is in the Bay State, in this year alone there have been skilled worker layoffs at multiple employers sending technology work off shore. EMC, Stratus, Allegro MicroSystems, CompuShare, and Avid are all Massachusetts-based tech companies who have laid off MA based tech workers and moved their jobs to China, India, Thailand or the Philipines.

DHS weighs major change to H-1B foreign tech worker visa program

Submitted by Rennie on Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:55

By Franco Ordoñez
The Department of Homeland Security is considering new regulations that would prevent H-1B visa extensions, according to two U.S. sources briefed on the proposal. The measure potentially could stop hundreds of thousands of foreign workers from keeping their H-1B visas while their green card applications are pending.

The proposal, being drafted in memos shared between DHS department heads, is part of President Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative promised during the 2016 campaign.

CWA Members Fight Proposed Layoffs at AT&T

Submitted by Rennie on Thu, 01/04/2018 - 14:18

CWA members from across the country are taking action to stop AT&T's proposed layoffs, which were announced just before Christmas.
In District 6, CWA has filed a lawsuit and National Labor Relations Board charges asserting that the company is violating the AT&T Southwest collective bargaining agreement by laying off workers while at the same time using contract employees to do work that CWA members are trained and qualified to perform.

Renegotiating NAFTA Would Be a Lot Easier, If We Knew What We Wanted

Submitted by Rennie on Fri, 09/08/2017 - 15:38
The Trump administration just started the process of renegotiating NAFTA, the trade deal between the US, Canada, and Mexico that became the template for globalization in the 21st Century. This would make more sense if we knew what we want to renegotiate.

AT&T Mobility Workers Visit Capitol Hill

Submitted by Rennie on Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:45
AT&T Mobility workers, members of CWA from California, D.C., Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Virginia, traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with Members of Congress to speak about how AT&T’s offshoring and its third party dealer structure are harming workers and communities. AT&T Mobility workers are currently fighting for a fair contract at AT&T.

WashTech Now Processes At-Large Memberships through PayPal

Submitted by Rennie on Wed, 05/10/2017 - 21:15

WashTech has switched to using PayPal for processing at-large memberships. This will make it much easier for current members to re-up their membership and for new members to join. You can use your PayPal account, or any credit card to join by using WashTech's PayPal "subscribe" button.

To get started, just visit our "Join" page at https://washtech.org/join.

If you were a member prior to May of 2017, you will need to join again using the link above.