There is a war going on and it is against the U.S. worker. Tech companies have formed lobbyist groups, phony think tanks and social media traps. CEOs luncheon with the President of the United States, whispering their demands in the President's ear and he heartily obliges them Tech companies even wrote legislation, which was promptly passed by the Senate Judiciary committee under the guise of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We are being inundated with lies and fictional white papers, all to labor arbitrage American technical professionals buried into Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
As a result, Big Tech Business is getting all the cheap labor they want:
More than any other group, the high-tech industry got big wins in an immigration bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, thanks to a concerted lobbying effort, an ideally positioned Senate ally and relatively weak opposition.
The result amounted to a bonanza for the industry: unlimited green cards for foreigners with certain advanced U.S. degrees and a huge increase in visas for highly skilled foreign workers.
And thanks to the intervention of Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the industry succeeded in greatly curtailing controls sought by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., aimed at protecting U.S. workers.
In exchange, Hatch voted for the bill when it passed the committee, helping boost its bipartisan momentum as it heads to the Senate floor next month.
The American worker is not invited, especially the American technology professional to lunch with the President of the United States. Either are expert labor economists who have laboriously shown there is no worker shortage in STEM specialty occupations. Their views and jobs do not matter. Statistics do not matter, labor economics do not matter and protecting American jobs and even the economy do not matter to this administration and Congress. The only thing that does matter to this President is what CEOs demand and the Congressional dance to give it to them.
The Senate Judiciary Committee could care less about the American worker and worse, Democrat Dick Durbin completely sold out workers he made a big splash about protecting in 2009. Even the AFL-CIO, whose union members are primarily not Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics professionals was outraged by the sell out:
There is no reason why this strong coalition should accept anti-worker amendments. And let’s be clear: Senator Orrin Hatch’s H-1B amendments are unambiguous attacks on American workers.
Hatch’s amendments change the bill so that high tech companies could functionally bring in H-1B visa holders without first making the jobs available to American workers. Hatch’s amendments would mean that American corporations could fire American workers in order to bring in H-1B visa holders at lower wages.
The next Sergei Brin might be sitting in an American classroom right now. But if that future innovator cannot get an entry-level job in high tech because employers prefer importing temporary workers, entrepreneurial innovations will not occur in the United States.
Tech tycoons like Larry Ellison and Mark Zuckerberg have gotten rich while wages in the technology sector have stagnated. Today’s H-1B amendments have passed on the same day that Apple’s CEO is testifying about Apple’s multi-billion dollar tax avoidance schemes. If the hard work of America’s tech workers is ever to pay off, we need to craft policy that benefits the people who actually write code, rather than just rewarding industry honchos who write checks to politicians. Our goal should be an America in which our young tech workers can pay off their student loans, not one in which Larry Ellison can build ever more extravagant yachts. We expect better, we deserve better, and if necessary, on the floor of the U.S. Senate, we will get better.
Bear in mind, the AFL-CIO wants to legalize the millions of illegals currently in the country and is generally for more immigration, so for them to call out this sell out of the American professional is quite the statement.
The propaganda and sell out of U.S. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics professionals is so beyond the pale, Benedict Arnold' corporate front groups are building websites and social media to promote their agenda. Corporations pay big bucks to these Judases who deny employment and wage statistics, while actual Engineers and Computer Scientists are not even heard. They do not have millions of dollars to pay off politicians and run public relations campaigns in order to keep their jobs.
The Senate Judiciary Committee vote makes it clear. Democrats will throw American labor to the globalization labor arbitrage wolves at a glance. The vote was 13 to five and all Democrats voted to labor arbitrage American workers with nary a nod to labor economic facts, along with three Republicans, Hatch, Graham and Jeff Flake. Strange but true that the party of labor loves to wrap global labor arbitrage, outsourcing and U.S. worker displacement in an immigration framework to hid what they are in fact doing. If you ask one Democratic Senator how many jobs there are in tech and how many foreign workers they approved each year to be brought in, not one will admit they add more foreign workers than there are new jobs.
Senator Chuck Grassley, a tech worker supporter, said Let's peel back the onion and see how much this stinks about the bill as the corporate lobbyists' and their bought and paid for politicians bulldozed him to the ground in committee.
The AFL-CIO is out stating the obvious, tech companies want to flood the U.S. market with foreign labor for the purposes of arbitrage, pay people less and technology transfer out of the country through these workers.
High-tech companies say there are "too few" American high-tech workers, but that's not true.
Today there are 20,000 fewer African-American computer programmers and system analysts employed than in 2008.
In the fields of computer and information science and engineering, U.S. colleges graduate 50% more students than there are new hires.
Basic supply and demand suggests that if there were too few qualified tech workers, their average salaries would be going up. But tech wages haven't risen since Bill Clinton was president.
Clearly, high tech is not looking to bring in H-1B visa holders for a few years at a time because there is a shortage of tech workers. They want a massive expansion of H-1B visa holders because they can pay them less.
This is not about innovation and job creation. It is about dollars and cents.
The great tech worker shortage lie was even called out by CNBC, not exactly a labor news haven. Wages have fallen and check out the number of actual jobs created in a year, it is less than the current number of H-1B Visa foreign workers admitted to the country now.
A labor pool with plenty of young people and long unemployed older developers may be making it possible for employers to pay less.
U.S. tech industry added nearly 64,000 software-related jobs last year, but as the workforce expanded, the average size of workers' paychecks declined by nearly 2 percent.
There is clearly, obviously, by any metric, no labor shortage in STEM related occupations in the United States. Democrats should hang their heads in shame for kowtowing to corporations and their cheap labor demands.