Displaced IT workers stand to lose federal help

Expansion of Trade Adjustment Assistance program to include service workers expires Feb. 12

By , Computerworld |  Career, career, outsourcing

About 85% of American workers are in the services sectors "so denying them the assistance they need, especially during this grueling jobs crisis, is a morally bankrupt position," Hira said. "IT workers are even more concentrated in the services sector. The fact that the extension of TAA benefits for services workers is not permanent, given the current state of offshoring of a wide variety of services jobs, is a perfect indication of just how disingenuous the offshoring cheerleaders are and how little influence that American workers have over policymaking."

Patrick Thibodeau covers SaaS and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @DCgov or subscribe to Patrick's RSS feed . His e-mail address is pthibodeau@computerworld.com .

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