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True, but that doesn't mean we have to embrace it by working for these companies!

Posted By: I think we need to (sm) on 2005-07-31
In Reply to: Unfortunately it is legal..so yes it is business and they will continue with bad business practices - until it is illegal.

have a spine and absolutely refuse to work for any company that outsources offshore. 

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    This was all before 9/11 (which doesn't
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