Surge In Domestic Outsourcing Wipes Out Middle-Class Jobs

In a recent paper, Houseman, Batt and economist Eileen Appelbaum said that while the data are limited, there are indications that domestic outsourcing is much more prevalent than generally recognized and that the trend is "profoundly affecting the quality of jobs and the nature of the employment contract for a significant portion of the American workforce."

WASHINGTON — For nearly 20 years Alfredo Molena made a middle-class living repairing bank ATMs in Los Angeles, despite being a high school dropout and immigrant from El Salvador. By 2000 he was earning about $45,000 a year, enough to support his wife and two children in a spacious apartment and take periodic vacations to El…

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