Wheres Your Contractors Work Force?
How do you know for sure whether your outsourcing provider is using domestic, H1-B or offshore IT workers?How do you know for sure whether your outsourcing provider is using domestic, H1-B or offshore IT workers? Sometimes, its not easy to tell. Just ask members of the Charleston (South Carolina) County Council, whove been facing a constantly shifting storm of lobbying and controversy since questions arose recently about whether their decision to change outsourcing providers would result in the loss of local jobs. It all started last month when Baton Rouge International Inc., a unit of CMC Ltd., of New Delhi, India, underbid incumbent provider Affiliated Computer Services Inc., based in Dallas, by about $5.5 million on a $17.2 million contract to run the countys administrative systems for five years. ACS, a government contractor with some 60 local jobs at stake, had held the contract for 19 years. The company retaliated by siccing lobbyists on council members. An April 4 article in the Charleston Post and Courier quoted Rod Shealy, a campaign consultant, as saying that he was asked to "craft a strategy to save those local jobs."
Council Chairman Leon Stavrinakis, who initially voted against the BRI contract, became concerned about BRIs hiring and wage practices. "I had heard that they would ultimately switch to an exclusive work force of imported, temporary labor that they could pay less money to and that that would be our entire work force for [the contract]," Stavrinakis said.