A bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown would require publicly traded companies to show the number of employees they have at each location, including those overseas.
The goal of the Outsourcing Accountability Act is to put pressure on companies that outsource their labor to countries such as Mexico or China, said Brown, D-Ohio. By mandating that these companies publish employee numbers, it would show whether a company has shed its workforce in the United States while growing it elsewhere around the world.
“Companies don’t want the bad publicity,” the senator said during a stop at the United Steelworkers Union Local 1375 union hall Monday. “The more light you can shine on it, the better it is, especially companies like GM. Their brand really matters to their consumer sales.”
Brown said this information helps communities, labor negotiations and the average worker by holding these companies accountable.
“This just closes the loophole to show where those jobs are. It is a simple filing and it’s not a ton of paperwork,” he said.
Brown referenced General Motors Co.’s decision in 2018 to end its second shift at its Lordstown Complex. The company announced its plans to build a new Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico the same day 1,500 workers were placed on layoff at the plant. In March of this year, GM placed Lordstown on “unallocated” product status, laying off the remaining 1,500 workers at the plant and shutting it down.