In a recent study, research firm Computer Economics discovered that 50 percent of manufacturers hiked IT spending without increasing staff and in some cases reducing it, in spite of jobs gains elsewhere within the sector.
Remember the Cold War days when our nation's greatest threat was the Soviet Union? Well, times have changed. Ralph Lauren may think nothing about manufacturing Team U.S.A. Olympic uniforms in China but Russia is of another mind. Its Olympic team is striking a deal with Los-Angeles-based hipster clothier American Apparel to design theirs for the 2014 games. Nice move Russia.
As if unpaid overtime, unsafe working conditions and dodgy health insurance weren't enough to drive them to drink, Chinese Foxconn employees also must live in constant terror of their jobs being outsourced -- not to lower-paid more-exploited laborers overseas -- but to robots. That, however, could be a good thing, given the company's labor record.
Despite decidedly slowing growth of China's economy, its leaders assure that it's a manageable slowdown well within their expectations. Though the communist nation faces economic challenges, it's still on track to stability, they claim. Can we quote China on that?
General Motors used to stand at the forefront of the practice of outsourcing information technology services, sending a majority of GE IT jobs outside the company. The automaker recently decided to bring 90 percent of its IT services under one in-house umbrella. Why the reversal? To improve its ability to design highly sophisticated software systems needed to produce popular cars of the present and future.
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's campaign staff has been a little slow to respond to Team Obama's attacks of him on outsourcing. Now, that they've woken up they've missed the easiest place to slam the president on the issue -- his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
Back in the old days, it was a lot easier for China's storm troopers to break up a protest. They could do whatever they pleased with little fear of retribution -- spray the crowd with tear gas, send a few shots into the air or beat protesters to pulps. The Internet era, however, has changed the rules of the riot somewhat, giving Chinese activists tools to turn tables on riot police.
The latest round of Trans Pacific Partnership talks are over amid much pomp and circumstance about the great "progress" that was made. But the money being spent to influence the U.S. government on the issue will make you wonder what the negotiators really mean by the word.
Suffice it to say, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is not amused that the U.S. Olympic team's opening ceremony uniforms were made in China. The senator took to the airwaves to express his scorn and stick up for U.S. apparel workers.
So, the U.S. Olympics team's official uniform designed by American icon Ralph Lauren is made in China. But that doesn't mean U.S. athletes will all be decked out in overseas-made duds throughout the entire event, especially during the popular gymnastics competition.
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