2019: The Summer to End Offshoring
As U.S. companies offshore and outsource call center jobs, communities across the country lose out. In many places, the closure of a call center means the loss of a pillar of the local economy. The offshoring of U.S. call center jobs has a range of negative impacts – it is a trend that is bad for American workers and communities and could be harmful to the security of U.S. consumers’ sensitive information. The U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 3219/S.1792) was introduced on June 12th with a goal of protecting these good jobs from being shipped out of the country. The prime sponsors are Rep. David McKinley (WV) and Rep. Mark Pocan (WI) in the House and Sen. Bob Casey (PA) in the Senate.
The U.S. should not subsidize corporations that destroy jobs, should incentivize corporations to bring back good jobs, and needs high-quality jobs!
The tax code has for years encouraged companies to move money and jobs overseas—and the Republican tax law that passed last Congress has made the problem even worse. Many of the companies that are among the biggest beneficiaries of the Republican tax bill, such as AT&T, GE and Wells Fargo, have already been closing American call centers and aggressively offshoring U.S. jobs. After shipping jobs overseas, these companies have been gifted billions of dollars in new tax breaks while being encouraged to offshore even more American jobs in the future.
The No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing Act (H.R.1711/S.780) would stop rewarding companies that ship jobs overseas and reverse the offshoring incentives embedded in the tax law. Our tax code should help working families, ensure that the super-wealthy and multinational corporations pay their fair share, and encourage the creation of good jobs here in the United States. The No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing Act would go a long way to accomplishing that goal and would reverse one of the worst effects of the Republican tax law.
Other National Legislative Issues
Raise the Wage Act
The Raise the Wage Act (H.R.582) would give workers a much-needed boost in pay. The bill proposes raising the federal minimum wage in six steps to $15 per hour by 2024, which would result in a pay increase for 38.1% of all black workers and 23.2% of all white workers.
Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act
In recent years, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agreed to undergo rulemaking on health care workplace violence, and do what some employers are doing voluntarily, and what safety experts and some Members of Congress have been calling for years but action has stalled under the Trump Administration. The Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (H.R.1309) directs OSHA to issue a standard requiring health care and social service employers to write and implement a workplace violence prevention plan to prevent and protect their employees from violent incidents.