Union warns offshoring of UC tech jobs could spread to all campuses
February 27, 2017
• 79 to lose their jobs Tuesday at UC san Francisco
• Ordered to train lower-paid replacement of lose severance
• UPDATED with university statement
You’re fired. Oh. One thing. Before you go, train your replacement. He works in India for a lot less than we’re paying you.
That’s what the union representing IT workers at the University of California, San Francisco, says is happening to 79 workers.
It says the university, which gets a major part of its funding from California taxpayers, has contracted with HCL Technologies Limited, an Indian multinational IT services company headquartered in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, to replace 49 IT permanent employees, 12 contract employees and 18 vendor contractors with workers toiling remotely from India or on H-1B visas.
It is the first time a public university has ever offshored American information technology jobs, says the Communications Workers of America union.
“As a condition of their severance, employees have trained HCL staffers in India over videoconference and workers brought to UCSF on H-1B visas how to do their jobs,” the union says.
The CWA says offshoring could soon spread beyond UCSF, as the $50 million HCL contract can be used by any of the 10 campuses in the UC system.
“This move will save the university more than $30 million over five years while enabling increased IT capacity and improved cyber security, the university says in a statement.
“Going forward, UCSF IT staff will remain focused on areas that will help improve business operational efficiencies and support the new technology needs of our core mission,” the statement says.
The union plans to have a picket line at UCSF on Tuesday.