Survey: Offshoring Firms Should Be Spanked

June 8, 2004 ( - American companies may still be sending jobs to less expensive labor markets overseas, but that doesn't mean people in this country are happy about the trend.

In fact, according to a new survey by the Employment Law Alliance (ELA), nearly six of 10 of those polled (58%) said companies that send work overseas that could be done by workers here should be punished by the federal government. ELA is a network of labor and employment attorneys.

More than half (52%) vowed that if outsourcing threatened their job, they would turn to government agencies or elected officials for help. Some 37% said they would seek help from a labor union while 21% said they would seek recourse through the courts.

Other survey results included that:

  • 46% said offshoring is not as much as a crisis as the media has made it out to be
  • 39% of American workers believe that American companies should be free to outsource work overseas
  • 33% know of someone, including a family member, friend or co-worker who had lost a job due to offshoring
  • 6% of those surveyed said they have lost a job because their work was sent overseas
  • 8% said they personally feel their job security is at risk because their employer might send their work overseas.

The poll was conducted between May 21 and May 23, 2004. More information is at .