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Walking on Walker: 11,000 WI Jobs Outsourced Since Formation of Gov’s “Oversight” Agency

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No one has ever accused Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) of caring too much about Wisconsin workers. Turns out he doesn’t care all that much about safeguards against corporate outsourcing, either.

Under his administration, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporations (WEDC) has dealt with some troublesome outsourcing scandals. In response, the WEDC put new “safeguards” in place. ” target=”_blank”>Or not:

Governor Walker’s troubled jobs agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), adopted in 2014 a 30 day advanced notification policy. This policy is supposed to give state policymakers early warning if a corporation receiving state economic dollars plans to outsource jobs or downsize more jobs than they are paid to create.

An open records request by Citizen Action of Wisconsin found that despite a series of additional incidents of WEDC funded corporations outsourcing Wisconsin jobs, there are zero 30 day notifications in WEDC’s files.

New federal data sheds light on just how much economic damage has been done by the large-scale outsourcing that occurred on Walker’s watch:

Data kept by the U.S. Department of Labor shows that at least 11,331 Wisconsin jobs have been outsourced to other countries since Walker’s scandal-ridden “jobs” agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, was launched July 1, 2011. This is a very low-end estimate of the impact of outsourcing in Wisconsin, because it only accounts for groups of workers who successfully applied for Trade Adjustment Assistance from the federal government by proving their jobs were eliminated because of global trade agreements. It does not account for outsourcing to other states or downsizing. In those cases, it’s not possible to prove jobs went to a foreign country or were impacted by global trade deals.

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Executive Director Robert Kraig says it best:

“The continuing toll of outsourcing in Wisconsin is not a natural disaster; it is human made. Accountability is coming to all the politicians who are aiding and abetting the outsourcing of their constituents’ jobs.”

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