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At the end of October, IT employees at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts were called, one-by-one, into conference rooms to receive notice of their layoffs. Multiple conference rooms had been set aside for this purpose, and in each room an executive read from a script informing the worker that their last day would be Jan. 30, 2015.
Disney CEO Bob Iger is one of eight co-chairs of the Partnership for a New American Economy, a leading group advocating for an increase in the H-1B visa cap. Last Friday, this partnership was a sponsor of an H-1B briefing at the U.S. Capitol for congressional staffers. The briefing was closed to the press.
About 500 IT jobs are cut at utility through layoffs and voluntary departures
By Patrick Thibodeau
Computerworld | Feb 4, 2015 12:06 PM PT
Information technology workers at Southern California Edison (SCE) are being laid off and replaced by workers from India. Some employees are training their H-1B visa holding replacements, and many have already lost their jobs.
The employees are upset and say they can't understand how H-1B guest workers can be used to replace them.
The IT organization's "transition effort" is expected to result in about 400 layoffs, with "another 100 or so employees leaving voluntarily," SCE said in a statement. The "transition," which began in August, will be completed by the end of March, the company said.
Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Eligible for Work Authorization | USCIS Will Accept Filings on May 26, 2015
Beth E. Carlson
Sarah R. Kilibarda
Sari M. Long
The long-awaited final rule on H-4 work authorization has now been introduced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS Director León Rodríguez has announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through this final rule is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B work visa holders who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent residence. Although many commenters requested that the H-4 work authorization rule be expanded to all H-4 dependent spouses, USCIS decided to keep the language of the proposed rule and not expand the H-4 work authorization rule to all H-4 spouses at this time.
With these categories of H-4 spouses, USCIS estimates that the number of H-4 dependent spouses who could potentially be eligible to file under this rule could be as high as 179,600 in the first year and 55,000 annually in future years. Although many comments submitted in response to the proposed rule requested that DHS expand the eligibility of H-4 work authorization to ALL H-4 spouses, the government declined to make such a sweeping regulatory change at this time. However, DHS indicated that it was not precluded from implementing further changes or expanding the H-4 work authorization rule at a later date.
Displaced Southern California Edison Workers Sue Obama Admin. Over Unilateral Visa Rule
by Caroline May24 Apr 2015
Former Southern California Edison employees are suing the Obama administration over its H-4 visa rule that grants work permits to certain spouses of H-1B visa holders.
The Immigration Reform Law Institute filed a lawsuit in D.C. District Court this week against the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of Save Jobs USA — a group of former SCE employees who were displaced by H-1B visa holders.
In February, the DHS announced it would be extending work eligibility to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders — a category of immigrant previously ineligible for work permits. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says it will begin accepting applications from these visa holders on May 26.
“USCIS estimates the number of individuals eligible to apply for employment authorization under this rule could be as high as 179,600 in the first year and 55,000 annually in subsequent years,” USCIS explained in its February announcement.
Labor Department won't investigate alleged Edison H-1B visa abuses
By Jim Puzzanghera
The U.S. Labor Department will not investigate allegations that Southern California Edison Co. abused a popular visa program for skilled foreign workers, according to senators who requested the probe.
A top Labor official said an investigation could not be opened because there was no complaint from someone adversely affected by the use of the H-1B visas and no reasonable cause to believe the company violated the rules governing the visas.
The Labor Department "has not received a complaint from an aggrieved party or a credible source, and other avenues for investigation are not appropriate at this time," M. Patricia Smith, the department's solicitor, said in a letter dated Tuesday.
The letter was sent to Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), who had joined with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and a bipartisan group of eight other senators this month in asking the Obama administration to look into allegations that Edison was using the visas to hire foreigners to replace American workers.
New Data Show How Firms Like Infosys and Tata Abuse the H-1B Program
Posted February 19, 2015 at 10:47 am by Ron Hira
Outsourcing by the thousands
The outsourcing companies involved in the Southern California Edison (SCE) scandal I wrote about last week—where U.S. workers were replaced with H-1B guestworkers—are Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services. These two India-based IT firms specialize in outsourcing and offshoring, are major publicly traded companies with a combined market value of about $115 billion, and are the top two H-1B employers in the United States. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2013, Infosys ranked first with 6,269 H-1B petitions approved by the government, and Tata ranked second with 6,193. As with the SCE scandal, these leading offshore outsourcing firms use the H-1B program to replace American workers and to facilitate the offshoring of American jobs. Because of this, it’s likely that Americans lost more than 12,000 jobs to H-1B workers in just one year. FY13 H-1B data I’ve analyzed, acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request, reveals new details about how firms like Infosys and Tata are using the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program. Spoiler alert: they don’t use the H-1B visa as a way to alleviate a shortage of STEM-educated U.S. workers; they use it primarily to cut labor costs. But the other main arguments proffered to support an expansion of the H-1B program are easily debunked with even a cursory look at the H-1B data.
The principal reason that firms use H-1Bs to replace American workers is because H-1B nonimmigrant workers are much cheaper than locally recruited and hired U.S. workers. As Table 1 shows, Infosys and Tata pay very low wages to their H-1B workers. The average wage for an H-1B employee at Infosys in FY13 was $70,882 and for Tata it was $65,565. Compare this to the average wage of a Computer Systems Analyst in Rosemead, CA (where SCE is located), which is $91,990 (according to the U.S. Department of Labor). That means Infosys and Tata save well over $20,000 per worker per year, by hiring an H-1B instead of a local U.S. worker earning the average wage. But at SCE specifically, the wage savings are much greater. SCE recently commissioned a consulting firm, Aon-Hewitt, to conduct a compensation study, which showed that SCE’s IT specialists were earning an average annual base pay of $110,446. That means Tata and Infosys are getting a 36 to 41 percent savings on labor costs—or saving about $40,000 to $45,000 per worker per year.
originally posted by: Battleline
a reply to: ElectricUniverse
The best way to counter what Disney has done with American workers is boycott them and there products.
People have and always have had the power to make or brake company's like Disney, it just seems we would rather whine then do anything about.
President Bush Lies about U.S. Tech Labor Shortage
The President followed this claim with a call on Congress to raise the cap on the H-1B. He concluded by stating "Of course, we want every job that's ever generated in America filled by Americans, but that's not the reality today."
originally posted by: TKDRL
a reply to: Domo1
That is one thing I don't understand about all this in any business. Who is going to buy all the trinkets, when no one can even afford rent anymore?