Category Archives: Outsourcing

August 5, 2015

Nabisco Ships 600 Jobs to Mexico. Time To Give Up Oreos

The result: a loss of 600 well-paying and community-sustaining jobs on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

I may have to give up one of my longest-standing indulgences: the dunking of an Oreo cookie in cold milk (whole is preferred). I don’t do this lightly, as I have been dunking those deliciously wicked rounds of chocolate and what I choose to believe is cream since I’ve been three.

Why give them up? Because this week, Irene Rosenfeld, the head of Mondolez (the food conglomerate based in Illinois that has Nabisco in its portfolio), a woman touted for breaking the glass ceiling upon becoming the head of Kraft Foods and then its spin off, announced that rather than invest $130 million in modernizing the plant in Chicago, where Oreos have been lovingly produced for the past 100 years, she will instead move the jobs to a new factory in Mexico.

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June 18, 2015

Disney Cancels Plan to Replace Tech Workers with Immigrants

“We were told our jobs were continuing and we should consider it as if nothing had happened until further notice.”

After outrage over a mass firing in January, Disney suddenly–and without explanation–canceled its plan to replace even more American tech workers with immigrants.

In January, Disney informed 250 technology employees that they must train their replacements: immigrants, mostly from India, brought in by a global outsourcing company under the H-1B visa program. Despite widespread pushback in the tech world, Disney announced another set of layoffs in May, this time impacting 35 employees.

Though the training for the immigrant substitutes had already begun, Disney has suddenly reversed course, recently informing employees that they would keep their positions. The NY Times reports:

In late May, about 35 technology employees at Disney/ABC Television in New York and Burbank, Calif., received jarring news. Managers told them that they would all be laid off, and that during their final weeks they would have to train immigrants brought in by an outsourcing company to do their jobs.

The training began, but after a few days it was suspended with no explanation. In New York, the immigrants suddenly stopped coming to the offices. Then on June 11, managers summoned the Disney employees with different news: Their layoffs had been canceled.

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June 10, 2015

Disney ‘blacklisted displaced American employees’ (Video)

After tech workers forced to train foreign replacements.

The American tech workers Disney laid off in January after forcing them to train their foreign replacements were put on a “black list” that disqualified them from hire by any contractor that works with Disney, emails obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation between one of the laid off workers and a recruiting firm show.

The worker, who asked to remain anonymous because he is waiting on legal advice, learned of the black list when he sent his resume and performance review to a local IT recruiting firm that wanted to place him with a company contracting with Disney.

He had plenty of past experience doing similar work for Disney contractors, and had received the highest possible rating on his performance review, so he thought he would be a top candidate for the job.

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June 4, 2015

NYT: Laid Off Disney Employees Made to Train Foreign Replacements

“The Most Magical Place On Earth” has been a dark setting for the Disney employees who were laid off and forced to train their foreign worker replacements.

In a fresh account of a story heard with ever more frequency — that of foreigners on temporary visas replacing American workers — The New York Times offers details on last year’s layoffs of some 250 Disney employees and their replacement by immigrants on H-1B visas.

Many of the laid off employees were subsequently required to train their replacements.

“I just couldn’t believe they could fly people in to sit at our desks and take over our jobs exactly,” one former worker, an American in his 40s, told The Times. “It was so humiliating to train somebody else to take over your job. I still can’t grasp it.”

H-1B visas have been at the center of an ongoing immigration debate, with tech companies champing at the bit to expand the availability of these high skilled visas, while critics argue they are serving to displace American workers with cheaper, foreign replacements.

The Times’ report highlights a few recent examples of large firms giving American employees the boot and then turning to foreign labor contractors to fill their slots, including Southern California Edison, Fossil, Northeast Utilities, and now Disney.

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May 10, 2015

Congress prepares to outsource itself

Curtis Ellis cites powers turned over to supranational commission under TPP.

Congress is getting ready to outsource itself.

Outsourcing has long been a dire threat to Americans who work for a living outside the Beltway. It hit blue-collar workers when companies took plants in Baltimore and moved them to Bangladesh. Countless thousands of white-collar Americans were kicked to the curb when tech companies brought in “temporary workers” from overseas.

Congress helped the process along with so-called free trade deals that are good for corporate campaign donors even as American workers “take it in the backside,” as Mike Huckabee so eloquently put it.

Now the chickens are coming home to roost, and Congress is next in line for outsourcing. Like the tech worker forced to train his cheaper foreign-born replacement, Congress is preparing to outsource itself.

The instrument Congress will use to destroy itself is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping regulatory agreement involving 12 countries on three continents. It is, as Sen. Jeff Sessions correctly describes, one of the largest international compacts in the history of the United States. Its rules impact immigration, energy, environment, property rights and states rights.

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May 5, 2015

Senators scheme to import more foreign workers

Top CEOs, mayors in secret meeting to push Rubio’s ‘job-crushing’ legislation.

A group of business leaders and progressive mayors is hosting a closed-door meeting in Washington today, pushing for a big increase in the number of foreign “guest workers” allowed into the United States to fill skilled positions.

The lobbying group, Partnership for a New American Economy, includes CEOs from Disney, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Marriott International among others, along with liberal mayors and former mayors like Julian Castro of San Antonio, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Annise Parker of Houston and Michael Bloomberg of New York City.

A complete roster of PNAE’s membership rolls can be viewed on its website.

The main issue to be discussed at the secret meeting is how to gain passage of the I-Squared bill sitting in the U.S. Senate, co-sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Orin Hatch, R-Utah, Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Chris Coons, D-Del., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

The I-Squared bill would more than double the number of H-1B work visas handed out to foreigners with a bachelor’s degree or higher in a STEM field. The U.S. currently allows 65,000 of these visas per year but the corporate lobby is pushing Congress to up that number to at least 115,000 and possibly as high as 200,000, claiming there is a shortage of American tech workers with STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math).

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March 26, 2015

Obama to Expand Visa Program Allowing Foreign Workers to Displace Americans for Third-World Wages

President Barack Obama vowed to expand an obscure visa program on Monday which would allow employers to circumvent prohibitions on using cheap foreign labor to replace American workers.

“My administration is going to reform the L-1B visa category, which allows corporations to temporarily move workers from a foreign office to a U.S. office in a faster, simpler way. And this could benefit hundreds of thousands of nonimmigrant workers and their employers; that, in turn, will benefit our entire economy and spur additional investment,” Obama told an applauding audience at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

Companies may hire college-educated aliens through either the H-1B program or L-1 visas. While the H-1B visa program was capped by law after 2003 to 65,000 admitted applicants per year, not counting generous exemptions for nonprofit “research,” the L-1B program is essentially limitless. There is no law demanding companies pay their new L-1B labor force prevailing wages. Foreigners from countries such as India may work in the U.S. for as many as seven years for wages that would insult American workers who completed several years of debt-financed education.

Back in 2003, Bloomberg Business ran an expose on the collaboration between India’s largest IT consulting firm and the engineering corporation, Siemens USA. Stymied by H-1B strictures, the company decided to lay off American, taxpaying workers for more docile and less expensive foreign labor using L-1B visas.

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March 18, 2015

IT Worker Replaced by Foreign National Regrets Voting for Obama

“In February, workers at IBM Dubuque lost their jobs as their work was off-shored to India,” Conrad said. “These tech workers are now in the unemployment line as Congress seeks to increase the use of guest workers by US corporations. This is outrageous and needs to cease. No U.S. tech worker should be in the unemployment line while tech jobs are filled with guest workers.”

Several information-technology workers provided anonymous testimony for today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the immigration reforms needed to protect skilled workers. One former IT worker at multi-billion dollar utilities provider Southern California Edison, who chose to remain anonymous because of a non-disparagement agreement he signed with his former employer, wrote that he was recently replaced by a foreign worker with an H-1B visa. He is one of more than 400 people at Southern California Edison (SCE) who have reportedly lost their jobs to foreign workers in India.

“I’ve paid my taxes, obeyed the laws and have been a good citizen supporting the community with donations,” the former SCE worker wrote. “I voted for President Obama and was appalled that he implemented a rule change, which allows work permits to H-1B spouses. My future votes will only go to candidates that support reforms to the H-1B visa program that preserve the American worker.”

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March 11, 2014

BROTHER’S KEEPER: What if Mitt Romney’s Brother Asked Dinesh D’Souza for $1,000?

Bestselling author, academic, and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza joined Breitbart News Saturday’s live broadcast from CPAC on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 and explained the difference between him and President Obama is, “I am a third world guy who has embraced America, and, as I see it, he is an American-born guy who has adopted a third world ideology.”

D’Souza shared his thoughts with Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon and Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow. Marlow asked what D’Souza thought about Obama’s new My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The filmmaker had a story to tell that shed light on just how the President treated his real brother, George Obama. D’Souza recounted that he had interviewed George for his movie 2016: Obama’s America, which he shot in Kenya prior to the 2012 presidential election.

Right before the 2012 election was to occur, D’Souza received a phone call from Kenya. “I get a call, and I look at my phone, and it is from Kenya. Like, who’s calling me in Kenya? It’s George!” George explained to D’Souza that he had fathered an illegitimate child, who was a year and a half old, and asked if he could please have $1,000 for some emergency treatment that his child needed:

He’s like, “Dinesh, can you help me?”

I said, “How am I going to get you money?”

“Oh, it’s easy,” he said. “Western Union.”

I say, “Well, isn’t there someone else you can call?”

D’Souza sent George the $1,000. The fact that he did made him scratch his head. “So it ends up I’m funding George Obama’s family medical treatments, and his brother is the President… It’s bizarre.”

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July 2, 2013

GM now using taxpayer money to create jobs in Mexico

On Dec. 19, 2008, President Bush announced that as part of a bailout plan of U.S. automakers, General Motors would be receiving $9.4 billion in taxpayer funds. Unfortunately, GM has since decided to cut the jobs of 10,000 salaried U.S. workers, while investing heavily in their foreign operations.

On Wednesday, General Motors Co. (GM) announced that they were investing $691 million in Mexico, and while they acknowledged the expansion would bring many new jobs south of the border, they would not disclose the actual figure.

The Detroit News reported:

The Detroit-based automaker said it will spend $349 million for the new transmission plant in Silao; $131 million to expand its San Luis Potosi Complex transmission plant and to build lighter and smoother transmissions with better fuel economy, and $211 million to expand its Toluca complex. GM said it would provide details of its investment at Toluca at a later date.

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GM spokeswoman Katie McBride said the investments will include adding jobs, but the numbers won’t be announced until the projects are further along.

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