Once the Chinese open their factories or acquire existing companies in the U.S., they can begin the process of integrating forward, ultimately owning and/or controlling every link in the value chain, including the most important link that connects with consumers: retailers and brands.
Even as President Obama chooses to highlight growing income inequality in his State of the Union address, his administration seeks to "fast track" the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
A spectre haunts us -- the spectre of robots. Technology has always been disruptive, but how the gains are distributed is the real issue.
The healthcare.gov launch is a debacle for those who believe that we should outsource public services to for-profit companies without adequate planning and oversight. Sadly, when it comes to outsourcing government IT services, the healthcare.gov example is par for the course.
The single truth is that robots will enter to workforce.
Beware of what you wish for. For all of the "pollyannas" who have been rooting for manufacturing jobs returning to the good old U.S. of A. from low-cost countries such as China, they may just be getting their wish; but not in the way they intended. It will end badly.
Repeated failures illustrate why we need action to rein in outsourcing. There are simple ways to make sure the public is protected when government's contract out vital public functions.
Despite the fact that Facebook celebrates its tenth birthday in 2014, many of us are still grappling with social media as we continue trying to find the best ways to make it work for us.
Fighting ageism by battling a culture, a gatekeeper, a stereotype, or a blind job ad can be a noble pursuit. But it can also be like throwing cotton balls into the wind.
The results of outsourcing include decreased patient frustration, a financially solid bottom line, predictable cash flow and increased net revenue without sacrificing precious time, money, and resources. That's a concept that hospitals and patients can certainly benefit from.
American public institutions have a long track record of keeping our food disease-free. Yet as this service is increasingly outsourced to for-profit corporations, it is leading to repeated oversight failures that have caused illness and even death.
A generation of efficiency experts have been telling us the U.S. doesn't need to manufacture things. We will lead the world at innovating -- coming up with new products and technologies, they say.
For 130 million working Americans, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is, as Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D) described so well, the "largest corporate power grab you never heard of."
Sodexo, a multinational company based in France that provides food services to schools, college campuses, and the U.S. military, is a primary driver of the privatization and outsourcing of food services in America. But Sodexo has taken the low road to profitability.
How can American unions reconsolidate people power and build a 21st century union movement that is broader than its membership?