Dear Folks, A few weeks ago Bruce Hartford proposed a concrete plan of action to this list. In it, he called for a staged approach to taking up the offshoring issue within the union in this election year. Very few have commented directly on Bruce's proposal. I would like to address Bruce's proposal in light of some of the comments that have been made on this list. But first, as a reminder, Bruce proposed an NWU offshoring campaign as follows: Stage 1: Prepare summary and in-depth position papers on two issues upon which to base anti-offshoring legislation: - Tax incentives and public agencies are subsidizing or encouraging the offshoring of high-tech and related jobs, thereby undermining U.S. worker's livlihoods at taxpayers expense. - Offshoring of high-tech work involving personal medical and financial data poses a broad personal privacy threat to U.S. citizens. Stage 2: On the basis of these positions, launch an effort to gather support from union members, other writers, the high-tech community, and other unions and organizations for legislation addressing these two issues. This is an organizing-recruiting effort, that can be taken up locally and coordinated nationally. Stage 3: Organize delegations to Congressional and Senatorial candidates, presenting petitions, and asking for these candidates' support before the elections. The union will subsequently publicize their positions. Stage 4: Past November, we continue to work for passage of the above legislation and to organize writers and others behind this effort. Bruce's proposal is the only concrete organizing proposal that has been made on this list so far. Some here have pointed to the high economic stakes involved in the offshoring issue. That information is important to winning union members and others to taking up an anti-offshoring campaign, and could be used in campaign materials. Others have argued for or aginst the importance of media publicity, but have not related their comments to any organizing activity nor to Bruce's specific proposal. Others call for action, but have not related that call to any specific proposal. Bruce's campaign proposal has many strengths. It focuses our efforts to a couple key areas that would have broad appeal, even among people who do not feel immediately in jeopardy of losing their jobs. It proposes concrete organizing activity. It details specific work required to prepare for and implement the campaign. And it provides an avenue for working with other unions and organizations to build political pressure. Kenya and I have begun meeting with CWA representatives to understand their strategy on the offshoring issue, including their WashTech and TechsUnite initiatives. This exchange seems promising. CWA, for example, has one campaign to pressure congressional assistance for those who are having their jobs offshored, and in the short term, we could support such efforts, as suggested by some on this list. However, such legislation addresses the impact of offshoring--it does not build opposition to offshoring. The CWA has also done some research on existing legislative initiatives, which we could probably leverage for an NWU campaign. In the meantime, we need to hear who is willing to work on putting together the kind of campaign proposed by Bruce, or to hear other campaign proposals. Our goal on this discussion list is to suggest a strategy and organizing campaign to the national NWU leadership as soon as possible, and to begin moving on such a campaign. Concretely, who on this list is willing to help research and write up the following campaign materials: 1. One pager and more in-depth analysis of governmental support for offshoring (tax incentives, contracts to offshored verdors, and the like) 2. One pager and more in-depth analysis of the personal privacy threats of offshoring 3. One pager and more in-depth analysis directed to high-tech workers (and writers) about the threat of offshoring to their livlihoods and communities, both immediately and in the future 4. Info about existing legislation addressing the governmental support for offshoring and the threat to personal privacy. I want close this email message by saying that the above work cannot be done by the national leadership or staff of the union. We can help organize, coordinate, and build support for a campaign, but we do not have the resources to do the kind of research and writing referred to in the paragraph above. This is work that needs to be done by activists. I hope that some of you, at least, will volunteer to do this work, do part of it, or find it, if it already exists somewhere else. (One person has already volunteered to work on one of the four items above.) Please call me or Kenya if you have any questions or comments, or post them here. Al (510-531-6692) Kenya (510-839-6092) .