Craig Diangelo was an IT employee at Northeast Utilities in Connecticut till he accomplished coaching his H-1B-visa-holding alternative. He was one in every of about 200 who misplaced their jobs in 2014 after two India-based IT offshore outsourcing corporations took over their work at what’s now referred to as Eversource.
Diangelo, at first, was quiet, bound by severance agreements signed with the corporate. Then he began talking out.
Now, Diangelo is running for Congress. providing up a first-hand perspective on IT outsourcing that resonates with many different staff in his state.
“I’ve seen the injustices which were carried out to us,” stated Diangelo, who shouldn’t be optimistic lawmakers will ship on H-1B reform. “You possibly can’t let this matter die down, as a result of while you cease speaking about it nothing appears to get carried out.”
Diangelo is not a one-issue candidate or political novice. He beforehand served two phrases as an alderman in his hometown of New Britain and stays concerned in metropolis planning work.
He is a Republican on this liberal leaning state, however that is not essentially a legal responsibility. For example, the mayor of New Britain, Erin Stewart, is a Republican in a metropolis that has practically 15,800 registered Democrats, three,400 Republicans and 11,500 unaffiliated voters. And the congressional district Diangelo hopes to symbolize, the fifth, has been held by each Republicans and Democrats.
The 64-year-old has filed the mandatory papers to run for workplace, has a marketing campaign supervisor, a web site and is aware of he has to boost an terrible lot cash to problem Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Esty, now in her third time period. However Diangelo has no illusions about his odds.
Even so, he could be the solely individual to run for Congress, no less than in current occasions, who has skilled his alternative. He went to school hoping to be come a instructor, however when that proved troublesome, he wound up at Vacationers Insurance coverage in Hartford — within the firm’s information processing heart.
He recalled what a supervisor at Vacationers advised him: “‘Don’t fret. We’re on the lookout for individuals from school and we’re going to practice you in every part that you want to know,'” stated Diangelo. “That is how I bought into IT.”
Connecticut has a novel historical past on the subject of the battle over outsourcing. Round 2002, IT staff within the state organized — maybe the primary such effort within the nation — to battle H-1B visa use. They got here from households who had labored in manufacturing and seen their jobs go abroad.
“While you speak to individuals, you may see the frustration of their faces,” stated Diangelo. “I do know what it is prefer to get laid off, I do know what it is prefer to stay on unemployment.”
He attracts closely on his household’s expertise. Diangelo stated his mom was a single working mum or dad with 4 kids. “She by no means went to the state for assist,” he stated. “I do know what’s it prefer to get on the market and work for issues,” together with the battle for equal rights.
Diangelo says to be efficient you need to be non-partisan. “You possibly can’t go in there one sided as to totally different points and insurance policies, and you’ll’t go in there with a chip in your shoulder, both,” he stated. “I contemplate myself a average Republican. Being a homosexual man and being a Republican is kind of like an oxymoron.”
IT staff usually concern talking out due to severance agreements fallout. However the unfold of IT offshoring has emboldened extra to behave. Diangelo has appeared in nationwide media, and not too long ago on 60 Minutes.
Diangelo stated he attended a number of the city corridor conferences run by Esty, the incumbent, and would not imagine she or her workers perceive the problem. “I introduced up the topic of H-1Bs, and all I do is get lip service and that is about it.”
Esty’s workplace, requested about Diangelo’s candidacy, stated she is concentrating on her duties — not subsequent yr’s election. A spokesperson, in an e-mail, stated: “Rep. Esty is targeted on doing her job and fixing issues on behalf of her district and the nation. She’s not excited about an election that is 18 months away.”