AB 848 has passed. Thank you to all who participated in this e-action.
STRONG SUPPORT FOR AB 848 (McCarty)
Dear Esteemed Members of the California State Senate,
AB 848 will stop the off-shoring of University of California and California State University jobs.
With AB 848, neither the University of California (UC) nor the California State University (CSU) may contract for services unless that contractor certifies that the work will be performed with workers within the United States, and the work will not displace an employee. Neither the UC nor CSU may train contract employees located in foreign countries, or train contract employees that plan to relocate to a foreign country.
In 2004, the University of California San Francisco off-shored its medical transcription services to a company in Pakistan. The contractor did not believe she was paid fairly, and threatened to release all private medical data onto the open web if she did not get what she wanted. Luckily, the dispute was resolved without incident.
In July 2016, the University of California San Francisco off-shored 17% of its information technology (IT) services to a contracting company called HCL, based in India. About 100 UCSF employees were given a layoff date of February 28th 2017, and were told that they had to train their own replacements, who were H1B Visa holders who had arrived from India (and later returned there).
Contractors and subcontractors are using taxpayer dollars to create jobs in foreign countries. State taxpayer funds should be used to create jobs in the US and California.
What AB 848 will do:
- Stops UC and CSU from off-shoring good paying, middle class jobs out of California
- Stops the abuse of public funds whereby California taxpayer funding can go toward eroding the middle class within the state of California
- Demands investment in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) economies in California
- Prevents HIPPA violations and other potential threats to patient data and patient care at UC medical centers
Therefore, I STRONGLY SUPPORT AB 848 and urge your AYE vote on this important legislation.