Category Archives: Business

October 12, 2017

Gordon Ramsay: Brexit Will Force Lazy UK Bosses to Invest in British Talent

Brexit will shake Britain out of laziness, according to Gordon Ramsay, who argues that curbing the “influx” of migrants will give “homegrown talent” a chance to shine.

The celebrity chef said ending access to a limitless supply of labour from across the European Union (EU) after Brexit could boost the restaurant industry and create opportunities for British workers.

“That level of influx of multinational workers in this country has sort of confirmed how lazy as a nation we are — when individuals from across the seas are prepared to come and work twice as hard for less money,” he told Radio Times.

“If anything, it’s a big kick up the a*** for the industry, and it’s going to get back to the modern-day apprenticeship.

“So not only do I welcome that kind of change, but I think it’s going to put a lot more emphasis on homegrown talent, which I think we need to do.”

In his interview with the weekly entertainment magazine, Ramsay also took aim at fellow chef Jamie Oliver, who campaigned for Remain and blamed the closure of six of his restaurants on Brexit.

The Michelin-starred chef said: “No disrespect, but we’re chefs, not politicians. When you breathe that stuff down the public’s throat and say, ‘I’m leaving if we have Brexit’, then, I’m sorry, the door stands open.

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September 29, 2017

DOJ files suit against company for allegedly not hiring Americans (Video)

A Civil Rights Division official told Fox News that since the initiative’s launch, the division has opened 29 investigations of “potential discrimination against U.S. workers based on a hiring preference for foreign visa workers.”

The Department of Justice announced Thursday it has filed a lawsuit against a Colorado corporation for allegedly discriminating against U.S. workers.

The complaint alleges that in 2016, Crop Production discriminated against at least three United States citizens by refusing to employ them as seasonal technicians in El Campo, Texas, because Crop Production preferred to hire temporary foreign workers under the H-2A visa program.

“In the spirit of President Trump’s Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American, the Department of Justice will not tolerate employers who discriminate against U.S. workers because of a desire to hire temporary foreign visa holders,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “… Where there is a job available, U.S. workers should have a chance at it before we bring in workers from abroad.”

This is the first complaint filed stemming from the “Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative,” which was launched on March 1.

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IBM Now Has More Employees in India Than in the U.S.

IBM has shifted its center of gravity halfway around the world to India, making it a high-tech example of the globalization trends that the Trump administration has railed against.

IBM dominated the early decades of computing with inventions like the mainframe and the floppy disk. Its offices and factories, stretching from upstate New York to Silicon Valley, were hubs of American innovation long before Microsoft or Google came along.

But over the last decade, IBM has shifted its center of gravity halfway around the world to India, making it a high-tech example of the globalization trends that the Trump administration has railed against.

Today, the company employs 130,000 people in India — about one-third of its total work force, and more than in any other country. Their work spans the entire gamut of IBM’s businesses, from managing the computing needs of global giants like AT&T and Shell to performing cutting-edge research in fields like visual search, artificial intelligence and computer vision for self-driving cars. One team is even working with the producers of Sesame Street to teach vocabulary to kindergartners in Atlanta.

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August 28, 2017

Swedish Businesses Helpless as Security Firms Refuse to Work in No-Go Zone

Swedish businesses in the Stockholm no-go zone suburb of Husby have been left feeling helpless to vandalism and robbery as no security firm will accept a contract to patrol the town centre.

The local government promised that by April there would be security guards in the centre of Husby in order to mitigate the violence and vandalism that is common in the area.

At the end of 2016, shopkeepers in the area kept their shops closed to protest the ongoing chaos but now it looks increasingly unlikely the promised security guards will ever come, Stockholm paper Mitt i Stockholm reports.

“Nobody dares to watch Husby centre. The businessmen are left in the ditch,” said Salam Kurda, local grocer and chairman of the corporate association in Husby. Whilst there have been CCTV cameras set up in the area, the local business owners say it is not enough.

“We have been screaming for years that there is chaos in our area. It’s a deserted area. It feels like this, with the guards, was just propaganda,” Kurda said, adding that he is giving up on the area entirely and plans to close his shop and move elsewhere.

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August 21, 2017

Ex-Google employee says Silicon Valley blacklists conservatives (Video)

Damore gained national notoriety when an internal memo that he penned faulting Google for its diversity policies went viral.

Google and other companies based in Silicon Valley “blacklist conservatives”, according to a former Google employee who was fired after sending a company-wide memo criticizing the internet giant.

“If someone shows that they’re a conservative, they’ll be blacklisted between different companies and different teams … And that really needs to change,” James Damore, the fired Google engineer, told FOX Business’ Stuart Varney on “Varney & Co.”

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“It was sort of forbidden knowledge at Google,” he said. “But it’s common sense to many.”

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August 9, 2017

H-1B Visa Displaced American Workers, New Report Finds

The H-1B visa has led to American jobs being outsourced to India and displacement of U.S. workers, a new study confirms.

The study by the Center for Global Development details how the widespread use of the H-1B visa has led to outsourcing and displacement of Americans while strengthening the pocketbooks of big business executives through “firm productivity” and “consumer welfare.”

Every year, more than 100,000 foreign workers are brought to the U.S. on the H-1B visa and are allowed to stay for up to six years. That number has ballooned to potentially hundreds of thousands each year, as universities and nonprofits are exempt from the cap. With more entering the U.S. through the visa, Americans are often forced to train their replacements.

The H-1B visa, according to researchers, is partly responsible for the outsourcing of American information technology (IT) jobs, as it led to a tech boom in India.

“Indian students enrolled in engineering schools to gain employment in the rapidly growing US IT industry via the H-1B visa program,” the study states. “Those who could not join the US workforce, due to the H-1B cap, remained in India, and along with return-migrants, enabled the growth of an Indian IT sector, which led to the outsourcing of some production to India.”

Researchers also admit that American workers, because of the importation of foreign workers through the H-1B visa, have been displaced and forced to take jobs in non-computer science careers.

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August 1, 2017

How the AARP Made $2.8 Billion By Supporting Obamacare’s Cuts to Medicare

But the AARP aggressively, and successfully, lobbied to keep Medigap reforms out of Obamacare, because AARP receives a 4.95 percent royalty on every dollar that seniors spend on its Medigap plans.

As you know if you’ve been reading this blog, Obamacare cuts $716 billion from Medicare in order to pay for its $1.9 trillion expansion of coverage to low-income Americans. It’s one of the reasons why seniors are more opposed to the new health law than any other age group. So why is it that the group that purports to speak for seniors, the American Association of Retired Persons, so strongly supports a law that most seniors oppose? According to an explosive new report from Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.), it’s because those very same Medicare cuts will give the AARP a windfall of $1 billion in insurance profits, and preserve another $1.8 billion that AARP already generates from its business interests.

Here’s how it works. AARP isn’t your every-day citizens’ advocacy group. The AARP is also one of the largest private health insurers in America. In 2011, the AARP generated $458 million in royalty fees from so-called “Medigap” plans, nearly twice the $266 million the lobby receives in membership dues.

Medigap plans are private insurance plans that seniors buy to cover the things that traditional, government-run Medicare doesn’t, like catastrophic coverage. Medigap plans also help seniors eliminate the co-pays and deductibles that are designed to restrain wasteful Medicare spending.

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July 16, 2017

Teamsters boss indicted on charges of extorting $100,000 from business

Coli and his relatives have also been accused in civil lawsuits in both state and federal court of running the union like a racket — accusations they have vehemently denied.

A politically connected Teamsters union boss was indicted Wednesday on federal charges alleging he extorted $100,000 in cash from a local business.

John Coli Sr., considered one the union’s most powerful figures nationally, was charged with threatening work stoppages and other labor unrest unless he was given cash payoffs of $25,000 every three months by the undisclosed business.

The alleged extortion occurred when Coli was president of Teamsters Joint Council 25, a labor organization that represents more than 100,000 workers in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana.

Coli, 57, an early backer of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was charged with one count of attempted extortion and five counts of demanding and accepting prohibited payment as a union official.

In all, Coli accepted five payoffs, most recently a $25,000 sum on April 4, according to the indictment. Last year, he also accepted four cash payments totaling $75,000, according to the charges.

The indictment seeks forfeiture from Coli of at least $100,000.

An arraignment in federal court in Chicago had not been set as of Wednesday.

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July 9, 2017

Kellogg Hit with Lawsuit over Loss of Up to 11,000 Supply Chain Jobs

At the beginning of the year, cereal maker Kellogg began the process of closing dozens of distribution centers and laying off as many as 11,000 workers. Now the Michigan-based company faces a lawsuit filed by contractors who say Kellogg did them wrong with the abrupt shift in its supply chain system.

Supply and shipping industry journal SupplyChainDive.com reported that a group of sub-contractors, who bid for and won work as drivers and distributors, are filing a class action lawsuit over Kellogg’s new business plan, dubbed “Special K.” The lawsuit will charge the breakfast food giant with a breach of contract, wrongful termination of contracts, and lack of fair dealing, an attorney’s letter said.

Those joining the case told the industry journal that they wanted to remain anonymous for now as they marshal their forces for the lawsuit being launched by attorney Abe George of New York City.

“For Kellogg to now wave a wand to completely divest my clients of their routes without any consideration is a wanton breach of my clients’ rights,” the attorney told the website. “Clearly, Kellogg is simply enriching itself to increase its bottom line while getting leaner and meaner.”

Breitbart News is also in receipt of emails from one distributor who said he is joining the suit. In the emails, the sub-distributor, who similarly did not want his name publicized, accused Kellogg of “stealing routes from hard working people who invested money buying them.”

Two sub-contractors, one going by the name John and another by David, told the industry news website that the shift in distribution policies is “devastating” to their lives.

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June 15, 2017

Iowa IT Firm Caught Posting ‘No Americans’ Job Listing

Company apologizes after placing ‘H-1B only’ ad on recruiting site, blames third-party vendor.

An Iowa information technology staffing company last week posted an ad that essentially told American citizens they need not apply.

The ad by American Technology Consulting, posted to the recruiting website ZipRecruiter, sought a java developer to work in San Diego. Initially, it stated “H1B Only,” a reference to the H-1B guest worker visa program for high-skilled workers. The company changed the ad and deleted reference to the H-1B visas, but critics said it likely violates the Civil Right Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of citizenship and national origin.

“It’s explicitly against the law,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “This isn’t some gray area. But it does tell you what this company is about.”

Krikorian, who retweeted a screen shot of the original ad on Friday, said it should attract the attention of the Department of Justice to see if the company is complying with employment laws.

“It doesn’t matter that the ad doesn’t say that anymore,” he said.

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