I learned a long time ago in the Navy that if you want a lesson to stay with a man or woman, you hit them in their pocketbook.
The best way to do that is to make it so that she experiences what Displaced American workers have experienced.
Only when she has lived like this will she understand.
At the Nov. 17 meeting, UCSF systems administrator Hank Nguyen poignantly told the Regents – including UC president Janet Napolitano and California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom – that he received two notices on the same day last July. One was a $35,000 tuition bill for his daughter, who studies at UC Santa Cruz, while the other was his layoff notice.
“My daughter asked ‘should I continue my education?’ I did not know what to tell her,” said Nguyen, who has worked with the university for six years.
“I was heartbroken,” Nguyen later told India-West. “This is a very, very, difficult time for me. I’m so proud to be a part of UCSF and I want to keep working here,” he said, scolding the Regents for valuing profits over loyal employees.
His daughter is studying to be a software engineer. “I wonder about encouraging her in this field, because so many of our jobs are being outsourced.”
Nguyen said he is uncertain about whether his daughter will be able to continue her education, now that he has been laid off. “Her future depends on me being able to find a job quickly.”
The IT worker has looked for other employment – both inside and outside the UC system – but said jobs in the software industry are hard to come by for a worker who is over 50 years old. “I don’t put my age on my resume, but they can tell by the year I graduated from college, and my job experience,” he said.
Jelger Kalmijn, president of the University of Professional and Technical Employees of the Communications Workers of America, told the Regents: “People in the U.S. are sick and tired of losing their decent jobs.”
“We’re not going to participate in a race-to-the-bottom, where working people are fighting each other all across the world to see who can be exploited the most,” said the union leader.
“I urge you to take leadership and stop this outrageous outsourcing. It’s going to save you a couple pennies for massive political cost, for massive financial costs in the long run, and for massive security costs. It makes absolutely no sense,” said Kalmijn.
Keith Pavlik, also of the CWA, noted that the jobs will be filled by H-1B temporary visa workers. Indians make up the majority of H-1B visa holders. “When president Napolitano was head of DHS – the Department of Homeland Security – she said: ‘our top obligation is to American workers, to make sure American workers have jobs.’ We’re asking her to fulfill that promise now,” said Pavlik, a UCSF employee.