Union campaigns to bring call centers back to US

CWA has about 700,000 members, about 150,000 of whom work in customer service call centers. In recent years, many companies have relocated their customer service centers to countries like India and the Philippines, where wages are lower. 

Critics of the bill say it would restrict free trade and hurt international commerce.

But the union released a poll on Tuesday that found broad support for keeping call centers in the United States. According to the poll, 78 percent of voters have a negative view of overseas call centers, and 59 percent said they have a very unfavorable impression of them.

Offshore call centers are unpopular with both Republicans and Democrats, the poll found. 

The individual provisions of Bishop's call center bill are popular with voters, according to the poll. Nine in 10 respondents said they believe callers should have a right to be transferred to a U.S. center. The poll found that 81 percent of voters believe companies that offshore centers should be ineligible for grants, and 75 percent said they should not receive any tax breaks.

"Anti-offshoring proposals give candidates a powerful, pro-active issue to talk about on the campaign trail and more importantly a policy to support and vote in favor of," polling firm Lake Research Partners, which was hired by CWA, said. "These are clean, common sense proposals that resonate with voters and can cut through the clutter of a campaign."