Thursday, June 4, 2015

Disney proves trained workforce not the point. Businesses want H-1B visas and cheap imported labor, not job skills.

While republican politicians brag about training the unemployed and cutting off their food stamps and UC benefits, they're also cutting this well trained work force for cheap imported labor.

Would I kid you?

On the federal end of the GOP agenda is the ever present effort to import cheap labor, making some of this "job training" worthless, by increasing the number of H-1B visas:
NY Times: About 250 Disney employees were told in late October that they would be laid off. Many of their jobs were transferred to immigrants on temporary visas for highly skilled technical workers, who were brought in by an outsourcing firm based in India. Over the next three months, some Disney employees were required to train their replacements to do the jobs they had lost.

“I just couldn’t believe they could fly people in to sit at our desks and take over our jobs exactly,” said one former worker, an American in his 40s who remains unemployed since his last day at Disney on Jan. 30. “It was so humiliating to train somebody else to take over your job. I still can’t grasp it.”
Here's where the story is wrong, treating this like a "new" problem. If you look under my blog tab "Video History: failed Republican Policy" you'll find archived videos from 2003-2005 examining the same issues. Here's just one example:

It's not just at Disney:
But the layoffs at Disney and at other companies, including the Southern California Edison power utility, are raising new questions about how businesses and outsourcing companies are using the temporary visas, known as H-1B, to place immigrants in technology jobs in the United States. 

According to federal guidelines, the visas are intended for foreigners with advanced science or computer skills to fill discrete positions when American workers with those skills cannot be found. Their use, the guidelines say, should not “adversely affect the wages and working conditions” of Americans. Because of legal loopholes, however, in practice, companies do not have to recruit American workers first or guarantee that Americans will not be displaced.

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