AFL-CIO Speeds Up Campaign To Halt Job Exports

Washington | Updated: Sep 20 2004, 05:30am hrs
The AFL-CIO cranked up its campaign to stop the export of U.S. jobs last week by launching a new database designed to track companies that outsource jobs overseas.

The union said it hopes American workers will use the information to press elected officials to take steps to discourage job loss. Richard Trumka, the secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, said the new Job Tracker database will help workers know which companies are exporting jobs, and they can use that information to fight back.

Visitors to the Web site (www.workingamerica.org) are urged to write President Bush and their senators and House members to tell them to stop the export of jobs overseas. To make that task easier, the Web site will fax a pre-written form letter automatically if visitors provide their name and address.

Trumka called for the end to tax breaks for U.S. companies doing business abroad, which the union cites as a major incentive for companies to outsource jobs. The Job Tracker allows users to search by zip code or industry sector for companies that have either moved jobs overseas or reported layoffs due to international competition.

Job loss has become an issue in the presidential election, especially in all-important battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan.

In the past three years, the United States has lost 2.7 million manufacturing jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

MATTHEW KELLY / NY TIMES