American IT workers threatened by the trend of offshore outsourcing of IT jobs overseas are taking action to persuade government and industry to keep jobs here at home.The IDG News Service, Network World\u2019s sister company, reports that the International Federation of Technical and Professional Engineers (IFPTE) will lobby Congress for laws and measures to protect U.S. technical jobs (see www.nwfusion.com\/news\/2003\/0804techlabor.html). The article noted that roughly 50,000 of the IFPTE\u2019s 80,000 members are IT pros, which I found surprising given that I hadn\u2019t heard much about tech labor unions.A quick search on the Web turned up Alliance@IBM, the national site for the IBM Employees\u2019 Union. The group is fighting Big Blue\u2019s plan to accelerate offshore outsourcing. I also came across TechsUnite (https:\/\/www.techsunite.org\/), a site sponsored in part by the Communication Workers of America (CWA).Another IT-related union is the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (WashTech), a Seattle affiliate of the CWA. WashTech formed in 1998 to represent the interests of long-term temporary workers, or permatemps.Back in 2001, Networld World ran a face-off debate on whether IT workers need a union (see\u00a0 https:\/\/www.nwfusion.com\/forum\/2001\/0604faceoffyes.html and https:\/\/www.nwfusion.com\/forum\/2001\/0604faceoffno.html). Mike Blain, president of WashTech, maintained that unions offer strength in numbers. Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), argued that such unions would undermine tech workers\u2019 authority. As you might guess, the opinion pieces led to spirited discussion on our online forum.I\u2019m curious\u00a0- are IT unions bigger than I thought? Let me know if you belong to one and if you believe the offshore outsourcing trend is going to accelerate labor union organization and activity.