The flagrant abuse of the H-1 Temporary Worker visa program by large U.S. corporations has resulted in the firing of hundreds of American workers recently, especially in the information technology field. In addition, these very workers are threatened with the loss of their severance pay if they do not assist in the training of their “cheaper” replacements. The H-1B visa is granted to foreign workers whose skills are not available with the U.S.; however, these workers are happy to be paid less than their American counterparts, resulting in corporations making savings of 25-49%, simply by “changing” their staff.
Last October, approximately 250 Florida-based Team Disney staff were handed their pink slips. They were then informed by Disney that their replacements, which the company had brought in from an out-sourcing company in India using the H-1B Temporary Worker visa program, would be trained by out-going staff. Refusal to do so would lead to the loss of their severance pay. The exact same thing has also happened at Southern California Edison on the west coast.
Major corporations, such as Facebook, are constantly pushing for an increase in the number of H-1B visas issued every year to foreign workers. If you are concerned the Obama administration is failing U.S. workers, please Like & Share this post.