Thursday, September 29, 2016

NumbersUSA - McDonalds hires H1B guest workers; fires 70 Americans in Ohio

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Guest worker programs not just a tech issue

Please read, share, and discuss "McDonalds Hires Foreign H-1Bs, Fires 70 American Accounting Staff" by Neil Munro, the reporter who three years ago challenged a panel of journalists to pay more attention to the issue.
Some details about the lost jobs in Ohio:
"...the 70 Ohio jobs that McDonalds outsourced to lower wage foreign graduates are not Silicon Valley technology and software jobs - they're white-collar accounting jobs performed by graduates from mainstream business schools...

"...The outsourcing in Columbus, Ohio, was explained as a cost saving effort by a McDonald's spokeswoman....

"...The {contracting} company is a spinoff from General Electric, and its biggest owner is Bain Capital...

"...The outsourcing deal was revealed when McDonalds sought federal taxpayers' funds to compensate the 70 fired Americans."
Munro reports that "the foreign population of white-collar temporary workers, dubbed 'guest-workers,' now exceeds 800,000, including roughly 650,000 H-1B workers on multi-year visas."
These visas are not limited to the tech and IT fields:
"For example, American universities have hired H-1Bs for 100,000 prestigious jobs, including professors, lecturers, doctors, therapists, scientists and researchers. Engineering giant Caterpillar continues to hire H-1B workers in Illinois as it fires hundreds of American engineers and other white-collar workers, DeLoitte and other U.S. accounting firms have asked for more than 20,000 H-1B visas to replace American business-school graduates...

"...Nationwide, at least 120,000 foreign college grads are working in jobs sought by Americans graduates, and this OPT outsourcing channel will sharply increase in the next few years because the visa was expanded by President Barack Obama."
Emphasis mine.
The media often presents perspectives on immigration as either "pro" or "anti" Munro reports a more complicated reality:
"Americans want to like immigrants, and they want to like immigration in general, but they're growing more worried that it is an economic threat to them and their children. Among companies, and now increasingly among voters, immigration 'is all about the bottom line,' said {technology consultant Hughey} Newsome."

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