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How H-1B Visas Are Screwing Tech Workers


Josh Harkinson
Fri Feb. 22, 2013 3:01 AM PST

A few years ago, the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer informed hundreds of tech workers in its Connecticut R&D facilities that they'd soon be laid off. Before getting their final paychecks, however, they'd need to train their replacements: guest workers from India who'd come to the United States on H-1B visas. "It's a very, very stressful work environment," one soon-to-be-axed worker told Connecticut's The Day newspaper. "I haven't been able to sleep in weeks."


http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/02/silicon-valley-h1b-visas-hurt-tech-workers

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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 04:01 PM

1. K&R

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More than 80 percent of H-1B visa holders are approved to be hired at wages below those paid to American-born workers for comparable positions, according to EPI. Experts who track labor conditions in the technology sector say that older, more expensive workers are particularly vulnerable to being undercut by their foreign counterparts. "You can be an exact match and never even get a phone call because you are too expensive," says Norman Matloff, a computer science professor at the University of California-Davis. "The minute that they see you've got 10 or 15 years of experience, they don't want you."

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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 04:06 PM

2. K&R Zooming into our second decade of economic suicide. n/t

 

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