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We don’t need no steenking Americans. June 27, 2007

Posted by Jim Satterfield in Business & Society, Does Not Compute, Economics, Politics.

In the world of technical workers there is on the part of some anxiety about outsourcing, H-1B visa holders and other things that make it seem that American employers don’t want Americans as employees. When these complaints and worries are voiced the chorus of assurances starts.

We are told that outsourcing is being exaggerated. There aren’t really that many jobs being sent overseas. Don’t worry about how all the tech firms want an unlimited number of H-1B visas because after all, don’t the rules make them pay market level salaries? Don’t they have to prove that they need to bring in these hot shot ultra-talented geniuses because there just isn’t any American who can do the job? Well, maybe not.

Frankly, I’m not surprised that the corporations are rigging the game. I think that to a large extent all of those things you hear about how you ought to keep up with your training and technical skills really doesn’t mean a whole lot. If your skillset and experience isn’t exactly what the company needs and you’re willing to work for a fairly low salary then you’d better be just out of school or from another country if you want a job in far too many cases. And as far as the companies paying H-1B workers fair wages is concerned one heavy user of the visas was fined for not doing that just recently and another company was fined for the same offense a couple of years ago. Somehow all those assurance just ring hollow to a lot of people who are either unemployed or underemployed.



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