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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

NASA Layoffs


Maybe AT&T HAS A JOB for these folks.


February 28, 2008

About 3,500 people could lose their jobs when NASA begins layoffs next year as the shuttle program wraps up.

The layoffs will continue for the next two to three years.

“We have a gap that will open up in the contractor workforce in the Kennedy Space Center, and it will not be filled,” said NASA administrator Michael Griffin.

Griffin told senators that the Kennedy Space Center will take the biggest hit when the shuttles are permanently parked a year and a half from now.

It will be a five-year gap before the shuttle’s replacement is ready to fly.

“You don’t want to go through what we went through after the shutdown of Apollo,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

Aside from affecting Kennedy Space Center, the layoffs will affect employees and their families.

Greg Hullinger, of Titusville, works on cranes that lift the shuttle onto its launch platform. He said increased prices make the job cuts even worse.

“Bread is $3, gas is going to $4,” Hullinger said. “People can’t operate right now the way it is. How are they going to operate when they don’t have a job?”

Hullinger and thousands of others will be sidelined while Russia and CHINA launch the world’s only space travelers.

“Politicians should stand up for the American people and fight to keep space programs in America,” Hullinger said.

Nelson said NASA should maintain its workforce as a national resource, not turn it into an economic burden.

“Mass economic dislocation,” Nelson said.

When the shuttles are gone, there will still be six crew members aboard the International Space Station. The Americans among them will get to space on Russian rockets.


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Rising Of The Telecom Underclass Part 7


Jobs Who Can’t Do?

Just to PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE regarding AT&T’s claims that it’s NOT FINDING qualified US WORKERS - I was a HIGHLY-SKILLED and highly-decorated, seasoned, professional, worker at AT&T for over 20 years, with a security clearance to to work on US Government contracts and circuits - layed off in 2004 - and trying to get a job at AT&T - or ANY TELCO - the past four years - filling out job application after job application - and getting nothing in return.  Not one reply, never mind an interview.  It seems AT&T DOESN’T WANT ME AND MY SKILLS BACK. And they may NOT WANT YOU, maybe cause you’re TOO OLD, or maybe an American that may join a union in SOLIDARITY.  The suggestion that they’re aren’t any people around to fill jobs is far from the truth.

Having skills OR A BRAIN doesn’t mean anything, ANYMORE in America.


Telling us anything different is an INSULT to our intelligence.


AT&T CEO Says Hard To Find Skilled US Workers

By Jim Forsyth
March 26, 2008

The head of the top U.S. phone company AT&T Inc (T.N) said on Wednesday it was having trouble finding enough skilled workers to fill all the 5,000 customer service jobs it promised to return to the United States from India.

“We’re having trouble finding the numbers that we need with the skills that are required to do these jobs,” AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson told a business group in San Antonio, where the company’s headquarters is located.

So far, only around 1,400 jobs have been returned to the United States of 5,000, a target it set in 2006, the company said, adding that it maintains the target.

Stephenson said he is especially distressed that in some U.S. communities and among certain groups, the high school dropout rate is as high as 50 percent.

“If I had a business that half the product we turned out was defective or you couldn’t put into the marketplace, I would shut that business down,” he said.

Gone are the days when AT&T and other U.S. companies had to hire locally, he said.

“We’re able to do new product engineering in Bangalore [and AND CHINA - right? ed.] as easily as we’re able to do it in Austin, Texas,” he said, referring to the Indian city where many international companies have “outsourced” technical and customer support workers.

“I know you don’t like hearing that, but that’s the way it is,” he said.

Stephenson said neither he nor most Americans liked the situation, and the solution was a stronger U.S. focus on EDUCATION and KEEPING JOBS. Business needed to help, such as AT&T’s repatriation of service positions and education grants, he added.



AT&T Offshoring ASI Techs?

400 jobs being shipped out…
(old news - 08:24AM Wednesday Aug 22 2007)

An AT&T employee this morning e-mails us: “AT&T is now having people in India do all the job functions of the techs at ‘ASI’ also known as broadband assurance. These are all top pay union jobs. India is going to be responsible for setting and changing dispatches. Running tests on copper lines and determining what the trouble is and the correct department to send it to. They also have the ability to cap CO based circuits to whatever speed they want. AT&T is looking to completely do away with techs at ‘ASI’ before the end of the current contract. This amounts to over 400 jobs. The trial started today.”


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