Georgia loses another 180 jobs
to foreign countries - Earthlink this time and the lost jobs are in
The latest outsourcing to foreign countries by Earthlink
brings their total up to just under 3,000 lost American jobs in the
last two years or so. 1,300 in 2003, 1,300 in 2004 and now another
180 in 2005. It is unknown how many of the previous 2,600 jobs sent
to foreign countries affected Georgia or specifically Atlanta.
Now some of our elected officials will tell you that these
empty call centers are good for us. We suggest that you offer to
take these officials and sit in the parking lot of these empty
facilities and count the gainfully employed American working there.
Oops, guess you will have to take the elected official to the local
unemployment office for him (or her) to see these Americans. Would
be interesting for this official to explain to these now unemployed
Americans how this is good for them!
Look at the example our elected officials are setting. While
they give you lip service on how they value Family Values and stand
up for working Americans, they stab the same citizens in the back
with their own actions and abuse of your tax dollars.
Look at our own State government in Georgia. Your tax dollars
are used to send American jobs to India, and soon Red China. Sadly
for the Republicans reading this article, this is supported by the
Republican governor, Sonny Perdue. Specifically:
Your Tax Dollars At Work...Offshore
for more information.
Section I Georgia Department of Revenue
Georgia Department of Revenue
HCL Technologies; $638,000
In May 2003 HCL Technologies was awarded a $638,000
contract to "obtain an integrated solution to the development of
a web-based statewide case tracking system to assist in
suspected fraud investigations." State officials say they don't
where the work is being performed.
Note the date. May, 2003. This was on the watch of Sonny
Perdue. Of even more interest to Georgians should be the status
Introduced last year to simply prohibit "future" State of Georgia
tax paid call centers from being sent to India or other foreign
countries, it has languished in committee without public hearings.
In other words in the Republican controlled State Senate it just
been killed in committee (See:
Legislative Agenda - SB12 Prohibit tax paid outsourcing
It should come as no surprise to any one that American
Companies such as Earthlink are sending American jobs to foreign countries
at an ever increasing rate. They are just doing the same thing that
our elected officials are doing.
But this more than a State problem, and once again Republicans
reading this will not be happy. But facts are facts!
Immediately following the 2004 elections the press in India was
very excited. They reported on the ten million (10,000,000) plus
phone calls they made for the Republican National Committee and Bush
Campaigns. One article even pointed out how they were "laughing" at
India claims big election victory and laughs at Americans
For the doubting Thomases the following are excepts from the
India Times immediately following the 2004 election:
"Indian techies and software
honchos were seen laughing all the way to the vote banks they so
assiduously helped to create for George W Bush Jr�s win.
Desperate to preserve and enhance the P/Es of their off-shore
outfits, they knew just what would happen if democracy triumphed
in the US in the form of the Democrats: ... "
He retained the services of Noida-based
HCL eServe (the BPO arm of India-based HCL Technologies.) Its
operators thereafter spent quality time, calling up American
citizens to support GWB Jr for President and to also contribute
to the Republicans. "
"That is how more than 10 million
registered Republican voters were contacted, and well in excess
of $10 million raised: all thanks to Noida and Gurgaon!"
But the most import nugget of information from the India times
"So it is also clear that the new
Bush Administration will be pro-active on the issue of visas. As
Vivek Paul, Wipro VC, said after the Presidential poll, "The
elections are over and so is the rhetoric; it will be easier for
American corporations to step out with their outsourcing plans."
Well there are two sides to every issue. On this one there is
the multi-national corporate side focused on greed and on the other
side are the citizens trying to provide home for their families and
raise their children. Elected officials can represent one or the
other, but not both. The final responsibility falls to the citizens,
it is you - the citizens who elect the officials. You get what you
vote for - which may or may not be what you expected.
If you are concerned about this issue please consider signing
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let us keep you informed. For the elections next year we will be
polling every Statewide and State Legislature candidate on their
position on outsourcing American jobs to foreign countries. Their
support, opposition or refusal to respond will be posted for your
We suggest that someone in every State do the same, if you
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[About the author - Mike Crane is
the 3rd vice chairman of the Southern Party of Georgia and an
advocate of restoring the Principles upon which our country was
founded. He ran for public office in 2002 and 2004 elections and is
a potential 2006 candidate. He can be contacted by email:
http://electmikecrane.com or by phone: 706-374-4643.]
EarthLink to cut 180 customer service
Work to be outsourced overseas
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 07/26/05
About 180 EarthLink employees in Atlanta will lose their
jobs as the Internet provider completes a move to outsource
customer service and technical support telephone lines.
EarthLink cut 1,300 call center employees in 2003 and
another 1,300 in 2004 as it began farming out the work to call
centers in India and the Philippines.
The latest cuts eliminate the use of EarthLink employees to
handle customer calls, said spokesman Dan Greenfield.
The job cuts will take place between August and September.
Greenfield said EarthLink would provide severance pay based on
seniority as well as assistance in finding new jobs.
EarthLink will be left with 1,020 employees in Atlanta and
Using overseas call centers instead of American employees
saves money, the company said.
When the plan to use outside vendors was first announced,
Garry Betty, EarthLink's chief executive, said the company was
"making hard decisions that are necessary to ensure the
ongoing viability of our company."
On Monday, Greenfield said that the latest cuts were needed
"to allow us to compete in a very dynamic marketplace."
The overseas call centers handle both customer service and
technical support questions
It is interesting that
HCL Technologies is the company in India for both the above
example of tax payer dollars in Georgia AND the company selected by
the Republican National Committee and President Bush Campaign. If
you find this interesting check:
Who supports using your tax
dollars to send American jobs to India ...you will know in November
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