Cal Dems Tanks!

Cal Dems Tanks!

Cal Berkeley Democrats is selling fashionable Démocrat tanks! You can purchase these glamorous tanks for $15 at meetings or at the Cal Dems table on Sproul during the beginning of the semester. You can venmo @CalDems-Finances or pay with cash.

If you pay your Cal Dems membership dues, you can purchase a tank for just $10.

Image Matters — by Simon Rhee, Foreign Affairs Deputy

Image Matters — by Simon Rhee, Foreign Affairs Deputy

Given the economic downturn that has affected the United States and the rest of world for the past four years, unemployment statistics hold particular weight in the average American’s mind. A job means a better future for not just yourself, but for your family members and your community. With any discussion of unemployment numbers comes the topic of outsourcing, the practice of obtaining goods or services from outside of a host country. The two big countries that often pop up are China and India; both pay low wages to its workers meaning cheaper products and services, which means larger profits for the companies that base their operations in these two particular countries (though there are many others).

However,  an article published by BusinessWeek points to a shift within one of these countries: India. Business-process-outsourcing (BPO) companies, which are third-party service providers that get contracted some operations and responsibilities of a business outside of India (e.g. customer service), are facing a talent crunch. BusinessWeek writes:

 

“BPO companies are struggling to attract the right talent. Not long ago, a BPO job was considered prestigious and financially beneficial, but lately potential candidates have opted for jobs in more traditional sectors such as banking, retail, and manufacturing.”

 

The cause of this talent aversion? Unappealing image. Despite the 12% growth in employee base by the top 20 BPO companies this past year, close to three-quarters of the workforce do not plan to stay employed at their respective company two years down the road. This means high turnover costs, lost productivity, and an unattractive workplace that turn off prospective employees from entering into these companies.

The statistics of Indian BPO companies hold weight because it highlights the strong connection between employee engagement and company success, as well as underscore the shift in business practices in outsource-based countries such as India. There is a tendency in American politics to blame the cheap labor for outsourced jobs, and some companies may view lowering wages as the solution to a successful business. However, the BPO companies in India suggest that focusing on the well-being of the employees draws in better talent, which drives the development and innovation a company needs to be both competitive and successful. In addition, the low appeal of BPO companies in India point to a potential movement away from cheap, boring labor in countries such as India, and instead a push towards employee happiness and engagement. Articles about Foxconn, one of the major manufacturers of Apple products, abound, as employees riot against the poor working conditions. In order to change their public image and ensure longevity, not just short-term profits, companies that get outsourced jobs may need to shift their practices. This may mean higher costs for the average American consumer, or heavier lobbying to lower corporate taxes. But if there is one thing to learn about what is going on in India, it is that caring about your image doesn’t just go for the interviewee, it goes for those interviewing, too.

 

(you can contact Simon at solrhee@yahoo.com)

Watch “A Day Without A Progressive”

Watch “A Day Without A Progressive”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGJDWOWCL6o&feature=player_embedded

Last week, the Public Relations Team participated in Campus Movie Fest, a contest to create an original film in one week.  The film, submitted for Best Comedy, is a satire about what would happen if conservatives ruled the world.  Join us for the finale, Friday September 24th at 7:30 in Wheeler Auditorium.

Mills Health Care Forum

Mills Health Care Forum

On December 7, Cal Dems Robbie Bruens and Nik Dixit spoke at a health care forum hosted by the Fem Dems at Mills College. Thanks to the Fem Dems for arranging the fantastic event!

Photos are below, and videos can be found here.

Mills Health Care Forum

Mills Health Care Forum

On December 7, Cal Dems Robbie Bruens and Nik Dixit spoke at a health care forum hosted by the Fem Dems at Mills College.

Robbie discussed his work with Organizing for America, and the moral case for health care reform. Nik discussed the policy and politics behind the legislation in Congress. Watch excerpts of their presentations:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoAmNXjNpbM

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laN2UmEYdGo

The Need for Health Reform

The Need for Health Reform

On Monday, Cal Dems visited Mills College for a health care reform panel discussion. Members Nik Dixit and Robbie Bruens were among the presenters. Below is a screencast of Nik’s presentation:

Part One:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-aGVvc3SOM

Part Two:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFemwtebEwI

Thanks to the Fem Dems for hosting the great event!

The Great Debate

The Great Debate

Watch the highlights!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcyJpPKXCLA

The Great Debate 2009

The Great Debate 2009