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News :: Labor
National Life Outsources Jobs To India
12 Mar 2004
An un-named source told Channel 3 by email that a dozen Indian workers were to be brought to National Life earlier this week to begin learning the jobs that they will take back to India.
Montpelier, Vermont -- March 12, 2004

Outsourcing has hit information technology workers at central Vermont's largest private employer.

National Life Insurance company has told ninety workers which ones will keep their jobs and who might be replaced by lower-paid workers in India. A total of 158 information technology employees at National Life were transferred to a Boston-based outsourcing firm known as Keane, which guaranteed them employment at their old jobs only through April. Of that group, ninety received individual notice about their fate this week.

National Life spokesman Brian Vachon says a smaller group was told that they'll keep their jobs for the foreseeable future. "Thirty-five of those people have been asked to stay on the National Life engagement for the long term," he told Channel 3. "The other fifty-five have been told that they will have different assignments not on the National Life engagement, and perhaps some not at all. There will be some who will lose their jobs."

The remaining group of roughly sixty former National Life employees, now working for Keane, will learn their fate at a later date.

The outsourcing reduces National Life's Montpelier work force to about 800. But Vachon holds out hope for future job additions. He says National Life is helping Keane set up a new venture called The Solutions Center, to be located at National Life's Montpelier complex, aimed at attracting information technology employment to the area.

Another un-named source told Channel 3 by email that a dozen Indian workers were to be brought to National Life earlier this week to begin learning the jobs that they will take back to India. The same source said a second group of Indians would repeat the process next week, and speculated that the company could outsource as many as half of its entire remaining work force.

Vachon admitted that outsourcing its employees is "painful and difficult and an emotional time for us." He added, "But we also want to make certain that people understand that we want to stay in central Vermont. And the way to do that is to be competitive. And that's why we're doing much of this."

Channel 3 News
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http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=1708458&nav=4QcSLV9U

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