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Friday, October 8, 2010   

PORTLAND, Ore. - It's what companies might not want the public to know – and it's online starting this week. A new database called "Job Tracker" lists 400,000 companies with records of outsourcing jobs overseas, layoffs due to the nation's trade policies, and federal labor or safety violations. It is a project of the AFL-CIO and its affiliate organization, Working America.

At the Working America office in Portland, Tara Murphy, the group's member coordinator, says the outsourcing numbers alone are surprising.

"Right here in the Portland metro area, within a 50-mile radius, we have 54 of those companies, but many, many more around Oregon, which is just the tip of the iceberg."

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the aims of Job Tracker are not necessarily political. He adds the new database is a way to revisit the outsourcing trend, because it's on the rise and isn't getting the attention it once did.

"This is just a tool for everybody. It's a tool for workers; it can be a tool for policymakers. And hopefully, it becomes a place where people start to discuss the issue, and we ultimately end up with a solution to what is a serious issue in the country right now."

Its creators acknowledge that Job Tracker is nowhere near a complete record, but the lists are expected to grow as people report other instances of outsourcing and violations. Karen Nussbaum, Working America executive director, says researchers will confirm any new information before putting it online.

"We are concerned that there are going to be companies that are left off the hook, just because they have found ways to avoid providing information to the federal government on this."

The data can be accessed by zip code or by industry. The AFL-CIO estimates that since 2000, the U.S. has lost almost six million jobs to other countries, between the manufacturing and IT industries. Corporations have said it makes sense to do business globally and can help keep costs down for consumers. The Web address is www.workingamerica.org/jobtracker.




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