Thomson Reuters Sends More Westlaw Jobs to India & Philippines

As my good friend Jason Wilson told me a few minutes ago, "it is a sad day for legal publishing." As we mentioned back in April, Thomson Reuters was shutting down its Banks Baldwin operations in Ohio and "after it closes, the work will be shifted to New York, Minnesota, the Philippines and India."  Well, today, it seems that you can cross off New York and Minnesota from that list.

The TwinCities Pioneer Press reports that Thomson Reuters is buying out another 130 workers ("publishing specialists") from the Rochester, New York, and Eagan, Minnesota offices. Since the Rochester office only had about 100 employees (AKA "publishing specialists"), it smells like the days of having editor staff in Rochester are numbered. What would really stink is if any of the Ohio folks that got moved to Rochester or Eagan this summer were on this current buy out list.

I guess the writing is on the wall for any of the legal editor staff for Thomson Reuters. Your job will soon be sent to Hyderabad or Manila. Thomson Reuters is getting more and more comfortable sending skilled legal editor jobs to India and The Philippines. I hope everyone that depends upon the quality (and pays a premium for that service) is just as comfortable as the decision makers at Thomson Reuters are... because it seems that eventually we are all going to have to rely upon that quality.

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Anonymous said...

I think you either misread the article or overstated the impact to spice up your post. The news article does not mention "skilled legal editor jobs." It says most of the jobs are "workers who key, merge, code and load data, and quality assurance testers." In other words, they're loading and testing the online data--clerical and technical types, not legal editors. You may still decry the move, but please be honest about it.

Greg Lambert said...

Thanks Mr. Anonymous. If you read the links to the previous press releases to the Philippines move, you'll see what I'm talking about with the move of more high-level jobs to the Philippine office, and how comfortable the brass at TR talks about using overseas labor to do more of the high level work.

If you think that editor jobs are only going to be in the US, then I believe you're going to be sorely disappointed. They may say the final product isn't edited overseas, but most of the preliminary editing might be. Just my view of the crystal ball of legal publishing... I could be mistaken.

janusheels3 said...

Don't forget that through the first 6 months of this year, Thomson Reuters let go of 140+ employees through voluntary separation packages, which was quickly followed by the eradication of 125 jobs from the Legal Editorial business area- that is 265+ from under one umbrella.

And mr. anonymous- downplaying the type of jobs lost is hardly where the real story is. You would do well to consider how media friendly (in terms of total number of jobs lost at one time) these job losses are. These are good people who were let go and I hope the execs at Thomson burn in hell.

John said...

To Westlaw Staff...
just wondering is your customer support in the Philippines?


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