Republican National Committee Attacks Obama on Jobs—from Overseas Call Center

Reposted from the AFL-CIO NOW Blog

Hat tip to the Communications Workers of America (CWA) for spotting this:

The Republican National Committee (RNC) used a call center based in the Philippines to hold a media conference attacking President Obama’s economic record, the Chicago Sun-Times reported today.The RNC didn’t help its image by pointing out that the call was run by Verizon.

Companies like Verizon that have shipped call center operations overseas have contributed to the devastation of the U.S. based call center industry. While the industry still comprises approximately 3 percent of the overall U.S. workforce, the industry lost more than 500,000 jobs between 2006 and 2010, largely because of the off-shoring trend. This continued trend depresses our economic recovery.

Noting that working families today are protesting Verizon’s greed at its shareholders’ meeting in Alabama, CWA Chief of Staff Ron Collins, who began his career in a Maryland-based Verizon call center, summed up RNC’s move this way:

It’s hard to imagine anything more hypocritical than the RNC making calls about U.S. unemployment from a Verizon foreign call center.