You can take it to the bank: the structure of incentives created by government regulation will always end up trapping and exploiting wage and salary employees.
That’s what’s going on with the IT work force at Southern California Edison, where some 500 American employees are being let go in favor of H-1B visa workers supplied by India.
The unkindest cut of all? The Americans facing termination are being required to train their replacements. In the current economy, who can say no to that and walk out on a last paycheck?
One IT worker says his fellow co-workers at SCE are “beyond furious.” Ron Hira, a leading researcher in such “outsourcing” says:
The SCE outsourcing “is one more case, in a long line of them, of injustice where American workers are being replaced by H-1Bs,” said Ron Hira, a public policy professor at Howard University, and a researcher on offshore outsourcing. “Adding to the injustice, American workers are being forced to do ‘knowledge transfer,’ an ugly euphemism for being forced to train their foreign replacements. Americans should be outraged that most of our politicians have sat idly by while outsourcing firms have hijacked the guest worker programs.”
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