Friday, January 27, 2017

Getting rid of IT

The KQED reports that political opposition to UC-SF's decision to outsource IT jobs abroad continues to mount:

This time the letter came from Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman.

In his letter to UC President Janet Napolitano on Wednesday, Huffman of San Rafael denounced UCSF’s decision to send nearly 100 IT jobs to a multinational contractor overseas. IT employees at UCSF began training their replacements in October, and if Napolitano does not step in, several dozen of the IT workers will lose their jobs by the end of February. The employees had received layoff notices in July 2016.

Lawmakers, academics and unions have sent almost a dozen letters to Napolitano criticizing the outsourcing. At the UC Regents meeting Thursday, UCSF employee Keith Pavlik read off the names of all the letter writers to board members, hoping to get their attention.

Those who have sent letters include UCSF’s Faculty Association, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. But Napolitano has not budged on the issue. Her office has not yet responded to a request for comment...

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Given the current climate toward outsourcing abroad in Washington, and given the possibility of a collision with Washington over immigration policies at UC, might it not be a good idea for UCOP to consider rising above principle on this matter? Just asking.

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