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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-10-10 06:41 PM
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Engineer finds it hard to compete against foreign tech workers
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Source: Advance Newspapers (Michigan)

Michigan Job Search asked readers to share their stories of long-term unemployment to put a face to the unemployed. Here, this engineer shares his story about the difficulty of competing for tech jobs with foreign workers.

I am a 45-year-old tech worker. I have a master's degree in electrical engineering.

Up until 2002, I was doing incredibly well. At that point, I had 15 years of professional experience with several companies. I had many of the necessary certifications that were in demand. I had peaked at nearly a six-figure income. Then the bottom dropped out.

Congress voted to raise the H-1B visa limit "temporarily" to 195,000 workers per year for the following three years. An H-1B visa worker is a foreign worker who is usually educated and skilled. They are "sponsored" by a company in the U.S.

... After being unemployed for a year, I picked up and moved on to a job that paid $10 an hour and stuck that out until getting laid off in September 2008.

... My unemployment benefits run out this week. It pains me that the people running this country care more about employing foreign workers in our own backyard than they do American citizens. Even now, with unemployment so high in the state of Michigan, companies are hiring H-1B workers more than ever.

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  -Engineer finds it hard to compete against foreign tech workers Newsjock  Apr-10-10 06:41 PM   #0 
  - That's me  HughMoran   Apr-10-10 06:48 PM   #1 
  - The media then props up the nonsense about America's failing schools  Grand Taurean   Apr-10-10 06:52 PM   #2 
  - Ignoring the FACT that kids are too smart to invest megabucks into an outsourceable career!  cascadiance   Apr-11-10 07:19 PM   #67 
  - there u go again criticizing obama and congress for their anti-american policies lol call your  msongs   Apr-10-10 06:52 PM   #3 
  - my husband works for a large international  DesertFlower   Apr-10-10 06:53 PM   #4 
  - I visited a friend a couple of weeks ago..  girl gone mad   Apr-10-10 07:56 PM   #7 
     - there are apartments across the street  DesertFlower   Apr-10-10 08:52 PM   #12 
     - Now if my umemployed brother and his family moved  MattBaggins   Apr-11-10 02:31 PM   #46 
     - A "crowd" of H-1B visa people moved across from me in a 4 plex near the end of the dotcom bomb era..  cascadiance   Apr-11-10 07:15 PM   #66 
  - It's me too  housewolf   Apr-10-10 07:34 PM   #5 
  - Bingo: I went to school, learned good skills and thought I had a career that would last me a lifetim...  Vincardog   Apr-10-10 07:38 PM   #6 
  - It's not just IT  izquierdista   Apr-10-10 08:00 PM   #8 
     - The Indian techs I know are stuck in their jobs by their immigrant status, a race to bottom  Liberal_in_LA   Apr-10-10 11:05 PM   #24 
     - True  onpatrol98   Apr-11-10 06:58 PM   #64 
  - I'm sure that you know that it isn't their fault as do I, but also realize that  Greyhound   Apr-10-10 08:58 PM   #15 
  - It's bad out there...  OhioChick   Apr-10-10 08:07 PM   #9 
  - I'm terrified that the moment I get my BSci in Biotech they are going to outsource the industry.  Odin2005   Apr-10-10 08:40 PM   #10 
  - Biotech is still more or less new. You are in luck. India has not trained yet many of those nt  conspirator   Apr-11-10 12:02 PM   #33 
  - Unemployed Biotech worker here.  MattBaggins   Apr-11-10 02:36 PM   #47 
     - Ah shit!  Odin2005   Apr-11-10 04:17 PM   #52 
  - Same here  Juche   Apr-11-10 01:52 PM   #44 
  - My Advice To Those Who Still Have Jobs In The Tech World...  jayfish   Apr-10-10 08:48 PM   #11 
  - or get a position that requires security clearance..  HipChick   Apr-10-10 08:56 PM   #14 
  - Actually, no...  sfwriter   Apr-10-10 09:28 PM   #16 
  - "No, the H1-B visa thing is insane. It MUST END."  jayfish   Apr-11-10 07:09 AM   #27 
  - Be the good corporate tool.  The Gunslinger   Apr-10-10 10:04 PM   #21 
  - "Be A Good Corporate Tool."  jayfish   Apr-11-10 07:13 AM   #28 
  - Yeah. A good Slave is hard to discard. NEVER. If IT does not pay decently I rather work  conspirator   Apr-11-10 12:06 PM   #34 
  - Well, while you are at it, also ask for a salary cut, to show your  Fool Count   Apr-11-10 05:49 PM   #56 
  - It won't matter... they close entire sites when the offshore replacement is up to speed. nt  Flatulo   Apr-11-10 06:03 PM   #59 
  - If you want to work that hard, then work for yourself.  tinrobot   Apr-11-10 06:20 PM   #61 
  - True enough  undergroundnomore   Apr-11-10 06:44 PM   #63 
  - The same story millions of times over.  Greyhound   Apr-10-10 08:53 PM   #13 
  - And coming soon, cargo ships full of Nuclear Power Plant components  truedelphi   Apr-10-10 10:00 PM   #19 
  - husband and i are out of the workforce (retired)  unabelladonna   Apr-10-10 09:35 PM   #17 
  - Hey there, tech worker. CNN just had a story detailing how to  truedelphi   Apr-10-10 09:55 PM   #18 
  - "by agreeing to work for absolutely free, you too can be employed"  Strelnikov_   Apr-11-10 12:11 PM   #36 
  - unpaid internships are a waste of time  malletgirl02   Apr-11-10 02:58 PM   #51 
  - I have offshore tech companies calling me for help.  Warren Stupidity   Apr-10-10 10:01 PM   #20 
  - What an apt name. n/t  Greyhound   Apr-10-10 10:46 PM   #22 
  - The H-1B program should be suspended and all workers on  MadMaddie   Apr-10-10 11:02 PM   #23 
  - I am with you.  Grand Taurean   Apr-10-10 11:19 PM   #25 
  - +1000 n/t  OhioChick   Apr-11-10 11:35 AM   #31 
  - And that would not change the tech industry situation much.  Warren Stupidity   Apr-11-10 12:35 PM   #37 
  - Hmmmm I specifically noted H1B workers and not all  MadMaddie   Apr-11-10 01:23 PM   #40 
  - Nice try but asking for a slave program to end is not  MattBaggins   Apr-11-10 02:42 PM   #48 
  - + 1  musette_sf   Apr-11-10 01:12 PM   #39 
  - That or have them apply for citizenship here and accelerate that process so it doesn't take years...  cascadiance   Apr-11-10 07:22 PM   #68 
  - K & R  AzDar   Apr-10-10 11:21 PM   #26 
  - This is devastation.  The Backlash Cometh   Apr-11-10 10:02 AM   #29 
  - slightly off topic but  TheFarseer   Apr-11-10 10:25 AM   #30 
  - "It's to the point where no one wants to help them..."  Leftist Agitator   Apr-11-10 11:59 AM   #32 
     - sounds good but I'd probably get sued.  TheFarseer   Apr-11-10 01:35 PM   #41 
  - My job as a engineer now includes many tasks that used to be other peoples jobs.  goldcanyonaz   Apr-11-10 12:08 PM   #35 
  - But they love to spout off about how productivity is increasing  MattBaggins   Apr-11-10 02:44 PM   #49 
  - Unskilled workers a problem too...  exman   Apr-11-10 12:56 PM   #38 
  - India and China combined graduate over 500K Engineers every year  JCMach1   Apr-11-10 01:36 PM   #42 
  - The numbers aren't that high  Juche   Apr-11-10 01:50 PM   #43 
  - Umm... yes they do  JCMach1   Apr-11-10 02:23 PM   #45 
     - The figures are exaggerated  Juche   Apr-12-10 01:14 PM   #70 
  - Indians get FREE bachelor's degree educations too!  cascadiance   Apr-11-10 07:25 PM   #69 
  - It's not the foreign workers they care about  madchick44   Apr-11-10 02:53 PM   #50 
  - In the race to the bottom...  ChromeFoundry   Apr-11-10 04:41 PM   #53 
  - Greed killed America. And greed will kill the human race.  CLANG   Apr-11-10 05:20 PM   #54 
  - There is no such thing as job security. I was laid off from a so-called  SCRUBDASHRUB   Apr-11-10 05:39 PM   #55 
  - It's called "checking wage inflation" and hiring foreign workers without protections  Nikki Stone1   Apr-11-10 05:54 PM   #57 
  - I'm a teacher  starzdust   Apr-11-10 06:00 PM   #58 
  - Same story here...  Flatulo   Apr-11-10 06:13 PM   #60 
  - This is sort of what happened to my husband  undergroundnomore   Apr-11-10 06:37 PM   #62 
  - ah, c'mon. there's lots of jobs $10 hr jobs out there. signs springin up all over the place!  KG   Apr-11-10 07:01 PM   #65 

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