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The state of Michigan has been especially hard-hit by the Great Recession, slow auto sales and the 2009 bankruptcies of General Motors and Chrysler, but there appears to be a bit of employment help on the way from an unlikely source. Drive reports that Tata Motors subsidiary Tata Technologies is looking to hire 400 workers at its Detroit-area technical center. Tata Technologies is a supplier for several auto companies in North America.

Tata is looking for designers, engineers and professionals with experience dealing with product lifecycle, and these aren't jobs that will be filled over some prolonged period of time. Tata plans to expand by January 3, 2011 to fill what communications director Dan Saad says "are a result of new automotive program work our engineering and our PLM/Consulting groups have won over the past months."

We're thinking that these jobs will come as welcome news to hundreds of families. And with many of those jobs being filled in time for the holidays, we can't think of much better timing.

[Source: Drive | Image: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Glad to hear that someone is hiring out there. Especially in MI. Good news.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Outsourcing could also mean bringing in foreign workers on I-29 visas. I also shared an office with some of those.

        The intent of the I-29 visa program was to allow companies to hire a someone with skill set that they couldn't find locally. This program is one of the most abused immigration/labor in this country. None of the companies are required to prove that they couldn't find that skill locally.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is very good news for Michigan. Outsourcing is hiring workers in India to replace local resources. These are local jobs filled by layed off local engineers, putting $$ directly into the local communities.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Greenthumb: If what you say is true, someone only needs to ask the Federal Labor Bureau if the company had filed the affidavit stating that the company had advertised the job and tried to recruit local workers. The procedure is legally required for any employer that wants to import foreign worker under a work-visa. Note that fraudulent statement or filing results in a heavy penalty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unfortunately, outsourcing doesn't have to be sending jobs overseas. Sometimes its eliminating your local workers so that someone in some other city does the hiring and firing and all you have to do is sit back and get a bigger bonus.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I've heard some nasty things about Tata replacing seasoned workers with new hires to save $$$. Things like "you're going to be laid off in 2 weeks - but first you need to train you replacement".

      Anyone seen this kind of strategy? Supposedly that happened a lot in Auburn Hills.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've never seen this kind of thing at the big3, and only very recently at their contract/placement shops. In fact it was at a subsidiary of Tata (INCAT) that I saw it happen.

        So I've got to ask...is Tata also laying off 400 people?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Miles this happens throughout this country. ALL of your fortune 500 companies practice this sort of crap. I've personally witnessed it at a certain investment bank on Wall Street, their initials start with JP.

        Brought in a bus load of Indian workers and told the then employees to train them, and gave them all six weeks notice. Here is the stick & carrot - Anyone who refused to participate was immediately shown the door, with security guards at your heels. The ones who complied were given a severance package. This has been going on for a decade now.

        BTW: This is not a Democratic or Republican thing, its a DIVIDEND thing. They just use the republicans (sometimes to their own detriment) as foot soldiers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seriously, you all need a reality check. It is true that Indian workers are paid less and outsourcing is rampant since the execs want to make more money etc. But you all conveniently ignore the fact that the supply of qualified engineers from American universities is at an all time low. Go to any engineering school in America and count the number of American students there. In grade school, no one wants to learn math or science due to it's nerdy/geeky image and peer pressure. How can any company be expected to hire locally when there are no candidates available?
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Most of the employees will be non-citizens due to the radically lower cost. Politicians will tout this as a win but in reality it is a fail. China took our manufacturing jobs and India is taking our technology jobs. Yes this is bah humbug but it is reality. Been there, done that, experiencing it currently.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ever heard of a quota for the H2B visa? Tata won't be hiring your neighborhood strawberry picker if that's what you're referring to as "radically lower cost". The quota is I think ~65K/year, and if you've never applied for an I-29 I suggest you check the process flow, it's painful, it's long, and it's full of red tape - just the way the government likes it. Oh and BTW: H2B visa is only good for a single employer. If you want to change jobs you'll have to apply again.

        If you're naive enough to believe Tata can fill those jobs in a month and half by "cheap foreign workers" then you're probably naive enough to believe cutting taxes for millionaires will get you some trickle down pennies, that you can actually see Russia from Wasilia, that deregulation of the banking and financial institutions had no part in the Great Recession, and the Tooth Fairy...oh wait, the Tooth Fairy is real!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've seen the "Save the ta-tas!" bumper stickers. I guess now we'll start seeing "Tatas saved my job!" stickers.
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