But Japan-based company says current employees are safe for now
Texas Governor Rock Perry likes to tout Texas’ business climate, but one of his state run agencies has had to go outside the state, and country for that matter, for help in running things.
TxDOT has made a deal to outsource most of its information technology jobs to a Japanese based company. Spokesman Bob Kaufman says it's a big win for the agency.
“Our department is teaming with NTT Data in order to have better tools and better service,” Kaufman told KTRH. TxDOT has historically underinvested in I-T tools and capabilities. This will help move our entire organization into the 21st Century.”
Howard Langsam of NTT Data told KTRH that everyone who has a job will keep it, for now.
“They are guaranteed for six months, which is six months longer than any other employee that we have,” Langsam told KTRH.
Langsam says Texas isn't the first state they've worked with.
“The places we’re in include New York, Virginia, Michigan and Kentucky,” Langsam stated. He added NTT’s track record is to keep the employees they inherit. But, University of Houston professor Dennis Adams isn’t so sure that will be the case here.
“It’s not in their best interest. What they want to do is take the very best employees and move them elsewhere in the company,” Adams explained..
So why is this happening? Adams has a theory.
“It has all to do with pensions. These folks won’t have the same obligations that TxDOT had before,” Adams stated.