At 10:14 PM 6/26/04 -0700, Al Weinrub wrote: >Dear Folks, > >I have prepared the following description of the anti-offshoring >campaign we have begun working on. This preliminary campaign plan is to >explain what we have been doing to the National Executive Committee, >chapter chairpersons, and other NWU activists. Al-- Over-all, I think your draft looks fine. Though as you know I disagree with a hard differentiation between the issues that appeal to our core constituency and those aimed at the general public. As you know from our conversations I believe that the "general-public" arguments will have greater influence on our core constituents than the "my job at risk" approach you favor. No doubt this will worked out as the campaign evolves. As I've worked on drafting the "no government-support" materials I found I could not write them without first shaping my thoughts around the campaign as a whole. So it turns out we've both been on the same wavelength. Below is a list of the materials I see the campaign needing. Attached (in virus-free text-only format) is a draft explanation of the campaign as a whole. While yours was aimed at explaining the campaign to the NEC, mine was aimed at explaining it to the membership. --bruce Draft List of Campaign Materials 0. Email announcement of the campaign to all NWU members and supporters and former-members. Brief overview of the campaign, urge them to go to website for more info, ask them to get involved, strong pitch to sign the petition. On the Website 1. Offshore campaign home page. (posted as the initial page on the website, with links to all the other pages) 2. The petition 3. The BizTech Offshore Campaign (campaign overview) 4. Offshoring issue general background paper 5. Frequently stated misconceptions about offshoring 6. Personal privacy threats -- overview (one pager) 7. Personal privacy threats -- white paper 8. Personal privacy threats -- FAQ and talking points 9. Stop government support for offshoring -- overview (one pager) 10. Stop government support for offshoring -- white paper 11. Stop government support for offshoring -- FAQ and talking points 12. NWU locals and the offshore campaign 13. How you can get involved 14. How to set up and prepare for a meeting with a legislator or candidate 15. Summary of current federal and state legislation and our positions. (frequently updated) -- Attached file included as plaintext by Ecartis -- BIZTECH OFFSHORING CAMPAIGN -- Fall 2004 The main campaign of the BizTech Division this Fall is opposing the transfer of BizTech jobs to countries overseas. Known as "offshoring," an increasing number of professional jobs -- including writing jobs -- are being sent to low-wage nations such as India, China, Russia, and elsewhere. The Issue According to a recent study by UC Berkeley, the United States could lose as many as 14 million white-collar jobs as a result of the new outsourcing trend. Moreover, the study adds, "Jobs that remain in the U.S. could be subject to pressures to lower wages." For a more detailed overview of the offshoring issue in general see [link to --> the offshoring issue background paper] Offshoring affects us as NWU members and writers because there is usually a writing component to offshored work. When projects and departments are sent oversears the work we used to do on procedure manuals, tech specs, business plans, environmental and other kinds of reports, user documentation, admin manuals, and so on, is also offshored. More and more we are seeing jobs that used to go to NWU members being done in India and elsewhere at one- sixth the wages that used to be paid to us. Offshoring also profoundly affects us as citizens living and working in a community and economy that is being deformed and sabotaged by corporate greed. For generations the general, long- term, multi-generation trend in this country has been a gradually rising standard of living, and increased opportunities, for ordinary American citizens. But in recent years with oursourcing, offshoring, tax-cuts for the rich, and an ever widening gap between CEO and employee pay, that traditional hope of a better future is being replaced by despair. Entire local communities are being devestated by the offshoring of manufacturing jobs to slave-wage countries, and now for professionals instead of moving up an increasing number of us are facing a grim future of being forced down. Being forced out of professional-levl careers into low-wage, dead-end jobs. The Strategy Because offshoring affects the entire professional sector we cannot focus specifically on opposing just the transfer of writing jobs to low-wage countries and ignore all the other professions. If projects, departments, and services are sent overseas, the associated writing jobs will go too. Therefore we have to work with the rest of the labor movement to stop offshoring in general, not just writing work. We cannot be successful by narrowly focusing only on BizTech writers, we are too few and too peripheral to generate any effective force. Therefore, we need to phrase our organizing campaign in terms of all high-tech workers (writers, engineers, marketeers, tech-support, managers, etc) against offshoring of professional-level jobs. Only public opinion and legislation can limit the offshoring of our jobs. Appeals to industry leaders have proven ineffective. Strikes and job actions will accelerate rather than slow the transfer of jobs overseas. Therefore this campaign has to focus on public opinion and legislative lobbying. This is going to be a long tough fight. The business lobby & power-structure strongly favor offshoring and are dead set against any government restrictions on it. The corporate mass media echoes their position. Industry allies in goverment parrot the neo-conservative mantras of "free-enterprise" and "free- market" and the myth that offshoring is "good" for everybody. For more on this, see [link to --> frequently stated misconceptions]. On the other hand, we are not alone on this issue. The entire labor movement and many progressive organizations are fighting offshoring. There are at least nine bills pending in the U.S. House and Senate, and a wide range of legislation pending in the majority of states. We need to build support for passing this legislation, and where necessary amending it to making it stronger. See [link to --> summary of legislation] However, both Democrats and Republicans are financially dependent on corporate campaign contributions, so this will be a tough fight which can only be won by focusing such massive public pressure on the issue that the politicians fear losing popular votes more than they fear losing corporate donations. To do this, we have to pose our questions and demands in ways that politicians pay a heavy political price for siding with the off- shoring corporations. To mobilize public support we have to educate and appeal to our members and the public in terms of their own self-interest. We have to make the public understand why off-shoring is bad for them (as well as us). But attempting to simultaneously combat all forms of outsourcing and offshoring is too broad a target and beyond our resources. This means that we need to lead with our strongest arguments on the clearest issues to first convince people to question, and then oppose, at least some form or aspect of off-shoring. Then build on that base to opposing broader aspects of offshoring. The First Phase We will begin our campaign by addressing two specific areas: 1. Personal Security. Our sharpest and strongest argument is the personal security dangers of high-tech offshoring. Offshoring of personal financial and medical data raises serious and credible threats to the security of individual American citizens. See [link to --> personal privacy threats one-pager and white paper] for more information. Objective: Legislation that prohibits any offshoring of personal information to locations that are not covered by enforceable privacy laws that equal or exceed the protection offered by U.S. law. 2. Stop government support for offshoring. Begin with the simple proposition that the taxes we pay should be used to benefit us, not multi-national corporations who pay little or no taxes at all. Work paid for by our tax dollars should be done here, by us, not overseas. No government subsidies to companies that use economic development or R&D grants to move jobs to other countries. Stop the use of H1B and L1 visas to train workers here for the purpose of later moving projects and departments to other nations. Objective: State and federal legislation requiring full disclosure of any offshoring by recipients of government grants. Legislation prohibiting offshoring of work paid for by our tax dollars. Regulation to prevent use of visas in aid of offshoring. See [link to --> stop government support for offshoring one-pager and white paper]. The Plan Before we can educate the public and sucessfully lobby legislators, we need to first educate and then mobilize our NWU members. 1. Early Summer. Prepare campaign materials and place them on a campaign website. 2. Late Summer. a. Promote and circulate a web-based petition focused on our two initial issues: personal data security and no government support for offshoring. This to be a classic "petition for redress of grievances" supporting specific legislative goals. b. Mobilize our members and locals to sign the petition and get others to do so. c. Promote and publicize the petition via email and other methods throughout the economic communities we have contact with. 3. September-October a. Request meetings between local delegations of NWU members and the political directors of election campaigns for U.S. Senate & House seats in states and congressional districts where large numbers of our members live. Present them the petitions and ask them for a committment to support each of the legislative goals in the petition. b. National NWU officers do the same for the presidential campaigns. If a meeting cannot be arranged, press the issue by letter. c. Send letters containing the petitions to the political directors of election campaigns for state Senate and Assembly seats in where large numbers of our members live. Ask for their committment to support our legislative goals at the state level. Post their stand on the website and publicize it via email. d. Post each candidate's stand on those issues on the website, and publicize it via mass email. 4. Post election. a. On the local level, NWU delegations meet with state Senate and Assembly members from districts where large numbers of our members live to continue pushing our legislative agenda and to lobby for (or against) specific bills. Each NWU local to appoint a legislative strategy committee to take positions on individual bills and guide lobbying strategy and tactics under the overall authority of the local Steering Committee. b. On the national level, NWU leadership will work with the UAW CAP and Lobbying operations to push our agenda on Capitol Hill. The NEC to adopt NWU positions on specific Federal legislation, and appoint a national legislative steering committee to organize and guide lobbying strategy and tactics. The national committee to request and coordinate lobbying by NWU locals of U.S. Senators and Representatives in those districts where we have concentrations of NWU members.