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Reply #5: I'm not sure but that they should get a credit if they DO move them offshore. [View All]

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jtuck004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 05:07 AM
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5. I'm not sure but that they should get a credit if they DO move them offshore.

They should be prohibited from moving any engineering, manufacturing, finance, accounting, any job that pays, say, > $40,000 a year.

They should get tax credits for offering public classes at no cost to student in the disciplines that are important to the high paying jobs in their business, credits for people they train that are hired at >$40K (none for less) there or elsewhere, credits for people who start a business as a result of their training, credits for every employee they are able to train or educate that leaves the call center for a job that pays three times as much, etc.

Spending our resources insuring the existence of $10-$12/hr jobs to keep the working poor in servitude to the payday lenders and banks is cruel and unusual punishment and does not bode well for our future. Call center jobs don't leave most people with enough disposable income to have much in the way of opportunity, nor to pay taxes that keep schools, fire departments, etc going. While such jobs may have been a stepping stone in the past, when we could expect growth, that may not be true any longer.

Investing our resources in making sure people have plenty of opportunity and support will be the only way out of this hole. (Could we amp up the WIA to do more outreach, maybe more in helping people figure out larger coops? Maybe a CETA redone for this era?).

If the call center jobs go away I am pretty sure most people would be just as well off working at a local food/farm coop or Goodwill store, or maybe we could provide state resources to facilitate small groups in starting employee-owned business in areas where business is not investing...


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