Southern California Edison IT workers ‘beyond furious’ over H-1B replacements
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.
Because they can!
“They are bringing in people with a couple of years’ experience to replace us and then we have to train them,” said one longtime IT worker. “It’s demoralizing and in a way I kind of felt betrayed by the company.”
Yes, the company is bad enough. But you should feel more betrayed by your elected officials.
You should ask your politicians and prospective politicians questions about this matter, and research their policy positions. Even some of the supposedly better politicians on immigration are shockingly “generous” about H-xB and J-x and other forms of legal immigration. Yes, Ted Cruz, I’m looking at you.
The H-1B program “was supposed to be for projects and jobs that American workers could not fill,” this worker said.
That’s the propaganda of the open borders lobby. The reality is that the real purpose of H-1B was to keep the salary scale of high education professionals down.
“Not one of these jobs being filled by India was a job that an Edison employee wasn’t already performing,” he said.
But the Indian will do it for much cheaper.
SCE said the transition to Infosys and Tata “will lead to enhancements that deliver faster and more efficient tools and applications for services that customers rely on.
Infosys…you mean Infoshit.
SCE said Infosys and Tata were selected through a competitive process that began “with eight potential vendors, some of them United States-based.
Even some of these “United States-based” vendors are full of H-1B visa holding Asians. They are nothing more than Indian bodyshops that happen to be based in Amurrika.
Displaced IT workers have long protested and complained about the use of H-1B workers, but they are overshadowed by large tech companies that lead H-1B lobbying efforts in Washington.
The displaced (real) American CSIT-STEM workers speak truth to power. The large tech companies are the powers that create their own truth.
Replacing U.S. workers with H-1B workers violates the spirit if not the letter of the law.
And that is correct. But don’t look for the law to save the day when the U.S. Attorneys work for a U.S. Attorney General who in turn works for a President whose Presidential campaign got a lot of money from PACs linked to legal immigrant gluttonous industries.
The use of H-1B workers has other implications as well. They are mostly young, under 35 years of age, according to government data, and the SCE workers interviewed said many older workers were being laid off. H-1B workers are also overwhelmingly male. The IEEE has estimated that as many as 85% are males.
That has been Norm Matloff’s point all along. Young Asian/Indian men, cheap, no families, little health care expenses. Once they get 35, and their own health care expenses increase and they may be starting in on families, out they go for a fresh new crop of 22-year old Asians/Indians.
Some of the SCE employees say the outsourcing move is linked to a 2012 report that found fault with the IT management culture. The report, by a consulting firm’s incident management team, followed a December 2011 shooting, where an employee fatally shot two IT managers and wounded two other workers before taking his own life. The gunman worked in the IT department.
The consultants interviewed IT workers who told them that some managers were “autocratic, authoritarian and draconian in their approach.” Full-time employees complained of working excessive hours, including weekends and holidays. The report said that “these difficult and exhausting conditions are reportedly having adverse consequences on employees health, including increased stress and irritability.”
The root cause of all that is the existence of H-1B in the first place, not some off-kilter managerial culture.