Category Archives: Outsourcing

February 12, 2016

UTEC leaving Huntington for Mexico at cost of 700 jobs

NewsChannel 15 tried reaching out to UTEC employees Wednesday afternoon. Some employees we talked to said they have worked at UTEC for 20 or more years and thought they would retire from the company. They fear finding another electrical job could be difficult after BAE in Fort Wayne announced its also planning on cutting jobs in the near future.

United Technologies Electronic Controls, Huntington’s largest employer, announced Wednesday it plans to move its manufacturing department to a new facility in Monterrey, Mexico, a departure that will cost the area 700 jobs.

UTEC said in a release Tuesday, though, that there won’t be an immediate impact on jobs.

A global manufacturer of microprocessor-based controls for the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, UTEC said it will relocate its manufacturing activities to Mexico over the next two years. The company’s headquarters, engineering and product marketing organizations will remain in the Huntington area.

The move is subject to discussions with local union representatives. NewsChannel 15 tried reaching the union leader for IBEW 983, but our calls have not been returned.

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February 8, 2016

Ford to More Than Double Mexico Production Capacity in 2018

Auto maker will build new plant in Mexico, expand existing factory.

Ford Motor Co. will build a new assembly plant in Mexico and sharply increase factory output from that country, representing the latest shift of investment abroad by a Detroit auto maker following the signing of a costly new labor deal.

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January 26, 2016

Lawsuits Claim Disney Colluded to Replace U.S. Workers With Immigrants

After training her replacement, Dena Moore applied for more than 150 other jobs at Disney. She did not get one.

Even after Leo Perrero was laid off a year ago from his technology job at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. — and spent his final months there training a temporary immigrant from India to do his work — he still hoped to find a new position in the vast entertainment company.

But Mr. Perrero discovered that despite his high performance ratings, he and most of the other 250 tech workers Disney dismissed would not be rehired for at least a year, and probably never.

Now he and Dena Moore, another American laid off by Disney at that time, have filed lawsuits in federal court in Tampa, Fla., against Disney and two global consulting companies, HCL and Cognizant, which brought in foreign workers who replaced them. They claim the companies colluded to break the law by using temporary H-1B visas to bring in immigrant workers, knowing that Americans would be displaced.

“I don’t have to be angry or cause drama,” said Ms. Moore, 53, who had worked at Disney for 10 years. “But they are just doing things to save a buck, and it’s making Americans poor.”

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January 20, 2016

Michelle Malkin – The Betrayal of America’s Best and Brightest (Video)

The Center for Immigration Studies hosted a panel discussion focusing on guest worker abuse and the impact on American high-skilled labor. Discussion centered on a new book by Michelle Malkin and John Miano, Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires and Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasals Are Screwing America’s Best and Brightest Workers. Joining Malkin and Miano was Leo Perrero, one of the IT workers fired by Disney and required to train their foreign replacements.

December 17, 2015

Secret deal quadruples foreign workers in U.S.

Borrows from Rubio’s ‘Gang of Eight’ bill to flood blue-collar job market.

Buried in the 2,000-page omnibus spending bill released by the Senate Wednesday morning is a secret provision that many senators hope unemployed blue-collar workers won’t find out about.

This provision would quadruple the number of H-2B visas for low-skilled foreign “guest workers.” It would allow more than a quarter-of-a-million foreign workers to enter the U.S. each year and work in the construction industry, hotel-motel services, truck drivers, food processing, forestry and many other fields that don’t require a college education.

A vote on the spending bill is expected late Thursday night, possibly after midnight, sources on the Hill told WND.

The bill also includes funding for all of President Obama’s foreign refugee resettlement program and does nothing to stop the proliferation of so-called “sanctuary cities.”

Legal immigration is already at an all-time high, with 1.1 million foreign-born persons coming to the U.S. every year, and a recent Pew Research poll shows 83 percent of the voting public wishes to see the level of immigration frozen or reduced.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., reportedly helped negotiate the omnibus deal. The spending bill also includes full funding for President Obama’s refugee resettlement program, which will cost $1.6 billion and bring in another 85,000 refugees this year, many of them from jihadist hotbeds like Syria, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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December 5, 2015

“All You Americans Are Fired” (Video)

The H-2 guest worker program, which brought in 150,000 legal foreign workers last year, isn’t supposed to deprive any American of a job. But many businesses go to extraordinary lengths to deny jobs to U.S. workers so they can hire foreigners instead. A BuzzFeed News investigation.

“All you black American people, fuck you all…just go to the office and pick up your check,” the supervisor at Hamilton Growers told workers during a mass layoff in June 2009.

The following season, according to a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, about 80 workers, many of them black, were simply told: “All you Americans are fired.”

Year after year, Hamilton Growers, which has supplied squash, cucumbers, and other produce to Wal-Mart and the Green Giant brand, hired scores of Americans, only to cast off many of them within weeks, according to the U.S. government. And time after time, the grower filled the jobs with foreign guest workers instead.

Although Hamilton Growers eventually agreed to pay half a million dollars to settle the suit, company officials said the allegations are baseless. Mass firings never happened, they said, nor did anyone use racially inflammatory language. But workers tell a different story.

“We want to go to work and work all day,” said Derrick Green, 32, a father of six who said he was fired by Hamilton Growers in 2012 after only three weeks picking squash. “But they don’t want that.”

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December 1, 2015

Expect influx of foreign workers, professionals under TPP, experts say

Many regulated professions, including trades, written into deal’s fine print.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has significant implications for the movement of workers to and from Canada, with experts predicting it will open the Canadian labour market to a new wave of foreign workers.

That influx may or may not be offset by increased opportunities for Canadian workers to move abroad, the experts say.

“I think it’s very facilitative [of workers coming here] for better or for worse,” said Ryan Rosenberg, a Vancouver immigration lawyer.

“It reduces barriers significantly to a wider scope of nations” than previous trade agreements, he said.

No need to prove a Canadian unavailable for jobs

Rosenberg said he was surprised by the number of skilled occupations included in the agreement that won’t require employers to perform labour market assessments to prove no Canadians are eligible for the jobs.

“It’s incredible how many skilled trades that are typically unionized positions are opened up to work permits [without labour market assessments],” he said.

The deal divides occupations into regulated and non-regulated professions. The regulated professions it lists include white-collar jobs in health care, engineering and the legal system, but also several skilled trades such as construction workers, plumbers and electricians.

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November 28, 2015

Lawyer For Displaced Disney Workers: 1,200 American Workers In N.Y. Are Training Their Foreign Replacements

Sara Blackwell, the Florida attorney representing the former Disney workers that were replaced by foreign workers told Breitbart News Daily that there are 1,200 Americans in New York who will suffer the same fate as the Disney workers.

“Right there in New York, 1,200 Americans are training their replacements” Blackwell said. Adding that it’s also, “happening at AT&T right now.”

Blackwell is the attorney representing the 23 Disney workers who are preparing to suing Disney after they lost their job to foreign workers.

This week, she filed a complaint with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of the former workers alleging that they are victims of national origin discrimination.

“I think that it’s an immigration reform issue, but more than that it’s a discrimination issue, it’s an American issue,” Blackwell told Breitbart News Daily host Steve K. Bannon.

Blackwell also praised Breitbart News for being the only news outlet that has been writing about the issue of H-1B visas and the effect it’s having on American workers.

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November 25, 2015

Two dozen Disney IT workers prepare to sue over foreign replacements

In the ongoing conflict over U.S. worker displacements, this may well be the largest number of people to take action in this manner. “I’m hoping that it signifies that American workers are being brave and standing up and doing something about it,” said Blackwell.

At least 23 former Disney IT workers have filed complaints with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over the loss of their jobs to foreign replacements. This federal filing is a first step to filing a lawsuit alleging discrimination.

These employees are arguing that they are victims of national origin discrimination, a complaint increasingly raised by U.S. workers who have lost their jobs to foreign workers on H-1B and other temporary visas.

Sara Blackwell, the Florida attorney representing the workers, says the deadline for Disney employees terminated on Jan. 30 for filing EEOC actions is Thursday.

These employees are making discrimination claims with the EEO under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, citing in part “hostile treatment in forcing the Americans to train their replacements.” The claims include discrimination based on national origin and age.

A Disney spokeswoman, Jacquee Wahler, in an email response to the EEOC claims, said: “We comply with all applicable employment laws. We are expanding our IT department and adding more jobs for U.S. IT workers.”

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November 11, 2015

Michelle Malkin explodes myths about cheap foreign labor and American layoffs in new book (Audio)

“So you’re saying Trump is your guy?” Glenn Beck asked.

Joining Glenn on his radio program Monday, author and commentator Michelle Malkin tore into what she termed the “crapweasels” who are “screwing America’s best and brightest workers.”

Malkin shared with Glenn how her newest book exposes the lies perpetrated by high-tech billionaires and others who pretend to champion the middle class while aiding and abetting massive layoffs of highly skilled American workers in favor of cheap foreign labor.

“Here you have Google and Facebook and Microsoft and Bill Gates marching up on Capitol Hill and having his ring kissed – not just by Democrats, but by the likes of Orrin Hatch – pleading that they need more of these cheap foreign workers because there’s an American worker shortage,” Malkin said. “It’s about exploiting our immigration and entrance policies for their own personal and private gain.”

The name of the book is SOLD OUT: How High-Tech Billionaires and Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America’s Best and Brightest Workers.

At one point in the interview, Glenn turned the conversation to politics.

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