Today's report of the unemployment percentage dropping from 8.1% to 7.8% is certainly good news, but it's still not good enough. Especially when you consider what corporations like Microsoft are doing to undermine American workers. The game playing The Microsoft Corporation is doing to try to force Congress to increase the limit of H-1B* Guest Worker Visas by TWENTY THOUSAND more is BULL, and it hurts American workers! (*Also shown as H1-B)
I read this article published today: Friday, October 5, 2012
What Microsoft proposal says about education, by James McCusker
This article states that
"Microsoft Corp. recently proposed that U.S. firms looking to hire technical talent from overseas pay $10,000 to $15,000 as a premium for each H1-B visa. The other part of the proposal is that the money be used to improve our schools so that we train enough Americans to fill those jobs in the future."
Because a little further down in the same article it says this…
"The proposal involves using the employer-paid fees for the worker visas to train teachers and strengthen the K-12 curriculum in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects. Funds would be used to broaden access to computer science in high school so students can explore career opportunities in that field."
And this article: from July 19, 2012
H-1B Visas Generate Training Dollars for US, by Darleen Hartley
... proves that Seattle Washington was ninth in H-1B visa requests over the past two years, due in part to hiring by high-tech companies like Microsoft, with the same lame claim that they want to help K-12 to create more potential employees.
Hey People! Microsoft DOES NOT HIRE technical workers straight out of high school. They never have!
If Microsoft has any problem with "The American Education System" that it feels actually justifies its demanding Congress to authorize TWENTY THOUSAND MORE H-1B VISAS, then Microsoft's problem is with Higher Education in the U.S. and NOT with K-12 Ed. If Microsoft's real problem is NOT with K-12, then why is it proposing to give more money to K-12? Because its all BULL! It's a ruse. It's a trick to make it look like Microsoft cares about American workers, when it really doesn't give a damn about qualified American workers and college graduates at all!
The fact is, when wealthy parents around the world are looking for colleges and universities for their kids to attend, where do they send them? Most of the richest kids in the world end up in U.S. colleges and universities.
QUESTION: If our institutions of higher education were really no good at producing American kids qualified to take highly technical jobs as Microsoft claims, then why do so many rich parents from around the word send their kids to these same schools?
ANSWER: There is nothing wrong with America's Institutions of Higher Education. We have most of the very best Higher Ed institutions in the entire world! And our American kids who graduate from them are every bit as qualifed, trained and educated to take the high tech jobs at Microsoft as any of those foreign kids.
QUESTION: What's the real reason Microsoft feels it needs more H-1B Visas to import more foreign workers to fill some SIX THOUSAND vacancies Microsoft claims they just can't fill because American workers and college grads are unqualified?
ANSWER: The obvious reason is, Microsoft is looking for CHEAP LABOR! They can insource (import foreign nationals) on H-1B Worker Visas and pay them less than they would have to pay equally qualified America workers, some of whom are recent graduates, and some of whom are experienced but currently unemployed American workers due to all the outsourcing and insourcing that has given their American jobs to non-Americans, just like Microsoft wants to keep doing with H-1B Visas.
It is time to stop all H-1B Visas completely, until the unemployment statistics in the United States at least reach the Pre-Recession levels of around 4%.
The news today that the unemployment percentage has dropped from 8.1% to 7.8% is good, but it's not good enough.
Microsoft, and other American companies need to HIRE AMERICANS FIRST!!! Instead of importing and transporting a worker from Mumbai, India, they should transfer an unemployed American worker from Huntsville, Alabama to Redmond, Washington. That is THE AMERICAN WAY!!! AMERICANS FIRST!
Call and write your congressperson and U.S. Senators today, and tell them to STOP the H-1B Visa Program now, and keep it stopped until America reaches Pre-Recession Employment Statistics. That's only fair. That's American!