ComputerWorld magazine reports that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has laid off hundreds of its high tech employees and replaced them with H1-B workers. Disney shifted its IT operations to a contractor, who hired workers from India, which arrived in the United States via H1-B visas, to displace US citizens at Disney.
This was a cost cutting move, but so-called cost cutting moves are typically income redistribution moves, wherein management cuts jobs, hires a contractor paying H1-B visa workers lesser money, and then passes the savings on to rich shareholders via higher profits, dividends and share prices. Those who lose their jobs are out of luck.
It should be noted that increasing H1-B workers in the United States is US government policy, and it is an income redistribution policy, like trade agreements, hyper immigration, privatization scams, and other schemes used by the rich to redistribute the income of the middle class to themselves.
The Disney lay-off victims claimed H1-B workers displaced hundreds of US workers, many of whom had been given excellent ratings by their employer in the days leading up to their termination. The company claims the lay-off victims numbered only 135.
“Kim Berry, president of the Programmer’s Guild, said that “Congress should protect American workers by mandating that positions can only be filled by H-1B workers when no qualified American – at any wage – can be found to fill the position.”
The use of H-1B workers to displace U.S. workers is getting more attention in Congress. In response to Southern California Edison’s use of foreign labor, 10 U.S. senators recently asked three federal agencies to investigate H-1B use. But one agency, the U.S. Department of Labor, wrote back last week and told the lawmakers that large H-1B using firms “are not prohibited from displacing U.S. workers” as long as they meet certain conditions, such as paying each H-1B worker at least $60,000 a year.”
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