Bay Area tech company caught paying imported workers $1.21 per hour
Ever heard of Electronics for Imaging? We hadn’t either until this morning, but it’s apparently a multimillion dollar, multinational, public corporation based out of Fremont, California. And the United States Department of Labor just caught EFI red-handed in an investigation, which found that “about eight employees” were flown in from India to work 120-hour weeks for $1.21 per hour. EFI apparently thought it was okay to pay the employees the same wages they’d be paid in India (in Indian rupees). Here’s the unbelievably crazy sounding quote EFI gave to NBC’s Bay Area affiliate: “We unintentionally overlooked laws that require even foreign employees to be paid based on local US standards.”
Just so we’re clear: is there anyone reading this who doesn’t know that any person working in the United States is legally required to be compensated according to United States laws?
Alberto Raymond, an assistant district director with the US Department of Labor told NBC, “It is certainly outrageous and unacceptable for employers here in Silicon Valley to bring workers and pay less than the minimum wage.” And that applies to EFI especially, which posted just shy of $200 million in revenue in its last financial quarter. EFI is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange, and the company’s in the business of computer peripherals (mainly printer-based stuff).
The eight employees are being paid $40,000 in owed wages; they were reportedly installing computer systems at the company’s headquarters. EFI was charged $3,500 — yes, seriously — for being at fault.
When the truth is off limits and taboo, people have no choice but to construct increasingly stupid and unstable conceptual frameworks to explain what they see and the world around them.
Officially, the offending element of this story is the fact that “Electronics for Imaging,” and I’m presuming it’s some sort of Infosys-style body shop, paid people well under the minimum wage.
Reality check: Even if they would have paid these people the California minimum wage ($9 an hour), I think this would still be scandalous news. Nine clams an hour in an expensive place like the Bay Area might as well be the same as $1.21 an hour.
The real scandal is mass immigration (legal aliens with legal immigrant visas, in this case, the H-1B) being used as a weapon to drive down the wage-salary equilibrium to transfer wealth from the employee class to the employer class. Without that, this work in Fremont, California would be getting done by paying native born white American high IQ high credential and maybe also high experience CSIT people very high salaries and wages, and I can assure you that such a wage-salary equilibrium would be far far far far higher than $9 an hour.
But we can’t talk about immigration as economic warfare against the employee class, because we can’t talk about immigration. And we can’t talk about immigration, especially when it has racial implications, because fascist Nazi six million Jews. So what do we do? We talk about it in the irrelevant economic terms of artificial price floors.