US companies are making workers train their foreign replacements according to a lawyer who represents workers who have there job outsourced.
By the numbers: There are few comprehensive studies and little agreement on the scope of the phenomenon, experts told Axios, because contracts and outsourcing processes are typically kept quiet.
- Blackwell said past contracts she’s seen lead her to believe that as many as nine in 10 of those impacted by AT&T’s outsourcing may end up training foreign replacements.
- It’s a common business model that’s been used by other U.S. companies, including Disney, Verizon, Bank of America, Toys ‘R’ Us and Southern California Edison.
What they’re saying: Axios spoke with workers who have already transitioned or will switch in January to working for outsourcing companies.
- Three current or recently-fired AT&T employees broke down in tears during telephone interviews.
- Typically, workers are guaranteed 12 months at the outsourcing company, after which they will likely be let go.
- Only a handful are offered severance or early retirement.
- “Folks aren’t going on vacation, they’re cutting back on their Christmas shopping,” one person said. “If you know that you’re going to be losing your job, you don’t want to spend the money.”
How it works: Workers may be assured their job will not change when they are “rebadged” to work for a contractor. “The sad reality is you’ve just been terminated without your severance,” said one worker Axios interviewed. “You’re at the mercy of a company that doesn’t really want you.”
- Workers described shock and confusion when they were told during a scripted phone call that after a decade or longer at AT&T, they’d have to work for a contractor or resign. Some were told they could not apply for other jobs inside AT&T.
- Some were told they were needed for a “knowledge transfer” — then tapped to train people on work visas or overseas who would replace them.
- A presentation obtained by Axios outlining the knowledge transfer process for AT&T and Accenture includes a slide on how to interact with Indian workers.
This only touches on AT&T specifically but according to the lawyer, this is commonplace among many companies. We need corporations that care about their workers and don’t view them as a number.
Is it really Conservative to defend these companies? I’d say no!
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