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Florida: Disney laid off some 250 employees, replacing them with cheap H-1B visa holders from India, telling employees to train their replacements

…[A]bout 250 Disney employees were told in late October that they would be laid off. Many of their jobs were transferred to immigrants on temporary visas for highly skilled technical workers, who were brought in by an outsourcing firm based in India. Over the next three months, some Disney employees were required to train their replacements to do the jobs they had lost.

“I just couldn’t believe they could fly people in to sit at our desks and take over our jobs exactly,” said one former worker, an American in his 40s who remains unemployed since his last day at Disney on Jan. 30. “It was so humiliating to train somebody else to take over your job. I still can’t grasp it.”

Disney executives said that the layoffs were part of a reorganization, and that the company opened more positions than it eliminated.

But the layoffs at Disney and at other companies, including the Southern California Edison power utility, are raising new questions about how businesses and outsourcing companies are using the temporary visas, known as H-1B, to place immigrants in technology jobs in the United States. These visas are at the center of a fierce debate in Congress over whether they complement American workers or displace them.

According to federal guidelines, the visas are intended for foreigners with advanced science or computer skills to fill discrete positions when American workers with those skills cannot be found. Their use, the guidelines say, should not “adversely affect the wages and working conditions” of Americans.

Because of legal loopholes, however, in practice companies do not have to recruit American workers first or guarantee that Americans will not be displaced…

…“The program has created a highly lucrative business model of bringing in cheaper H-1B workers to substitute for Americans,” said Ronil Hira, a professor of public policy at Howard University who studies visa programs and has testified before Congress about H-1B visas…

…In a letter in April to top federal authorities in charge of immigration, a bipartisan group of senators called for an investigation of recent “H-1B-driven layoffs,” saying “their frequency seems to have increased dramatically in the past year alone”…

…Living in a company town, former Disney workers were reluctant to be identified, saying they feared they could jeopardize their chances of finding new jobs with the few other local tech employers. Several workers agreed to interviews, but only on the condition of anonymity.

They said only a handful of those laid off were moved directly by Disney to other company jobs. The rest were left to compete for positions through Disney job websites. Despite the company’s figures, few people they knew had been hired, they said, and then often at a lower pay level. No one was offered retraining, they said.

One former worker, a 57-year-old man with more than 10 years at Disney, displayed a list of 18 jobs within the company he had applied for. He had not had more than an initial conversation on any one, he said…

…Former employees said many immigrants who arrived were younger technicians with limited data skills who did not speak English fluently and had to be instructed in the basics of the work...

…The chairman of the Walt Disney Company, Robert A. Iger, is co-chairman with Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, and Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corporation, in the Partnership for a New American Economy, which pushes for an overhaul of immigration laws, including an increase in H-1B visas…

Lay-off-noticesExcerpts from a contract that technology employees laid off by Disney had to sign. (Click on pic to enlarge)

  • Both the Dems and RINOs can take credit for this fiasco.

    Stop all immigration for 10 years. (H/T Ann Coulter)

    • Uncle_Waspy

      Not to split hairs, Bob, but you can add true red Republicans to that list too. They’re pretty keen on Amnesty….to hell with the consequences for middle and lower class Americans.

      • just a thought

        All the political elite are out of touch with those they are supposed to represent. It’s like when a ship starts taking on water (or a country is infiltrated by swarms of illegals), the ship (state) begins listing. When you are sinking, the last thing you need is to take on more water, and have the rats who ordered it climbing to the top of the masts.

  • The Butterfly

    Big government colluding with big business to screw the people.

  • Dana Garcia

    Amazingly, this story is on the front page of Thursday’s NY Slimes, and is written by Julia Preston, who never met an illegal alien she didn’t prefer to Americans.


    • El Martyachi

      It’s finally clicking with the light-blue collar crowd that THEIR ability to make a living, and not just “unskilled labour” is being liquidated. I’m all busted up about it, really.

  • John

    This story first appeared about a month ago, but was largely ignored. I’m glad it’s back on the radar.
    MIckey Mouse is a dirty rat!
    If Disney World and thousands of other employers across America do likewise, who’s going to have enough money to even visit The magic Kingdom?
    Or buy a decent home or condo?
    Even in the medium term this practice is self-defeating.

    • David Murrell

      The Globe and Mail ran an article a few months ago sgating the Disney treat its workers terribly. Not the usual left-wing Globe propganda, as the above post shows.

  • just a thought

    I was downsized by my company in favor of a foreign minority who’s work was measurably sub-standard. I’ll NEVER patronize Disney again!

  • SDMatt

    Just like RBC a few years ago.

    Immigration & TFW exist for votes and cheap labour.

    • Uncle_Waspy

      And the real kicker is that these corporations were already making record profits when they brought in the foreign replacements.

      • just a thought

        Useful idiots at the corporate level.

  • Achmed

    If I find out these workers aren’t with the Muslim Brotherhood I am going to report Disney to CAIR!

  • simus1

    The white and black native born working classes have always been lacking in revolutionary zeal and have been a severe disappointment to the leftist elites. This will now change.

  • G

    If I had to train my replacement I would do it in very interesting ways.

    “Ok, Basheer, the first thing you must remember is that on your first day on the job alone, it is customary to tell your supervisor to go fuck himself.”
    Now Basheer, repeat after me, ‘Go fuck yourself Mr. Peterson’.”

    • just a thought

      Have you considered writing “the guerrilla manual for training your replacement?”

      • G

        Naah, I’m just kind of a natural born dick.

        • just a thought

          OK, but there’s no harm in profiting from it, as long as no one gets hurt, …who doesn’t deserve to. 😉

  • Blacksmith

    This is a sad testament to the modern world. I am sure that there are two sides to this but one is like 80% and the other 20%. There were probably some workers that were let go and not offered another place due to them being bad workers (the aforementioned 20%) and the rest were replaced by cheap foreign workers. Disney has lost a customer in me. If you have lazy or inept workers fire them, don’t use it as a justification to hire cheap labor.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    Now listen Mujibar….I don’t know what kind mumbo jumbo silly code they taught you over in India, but code is actually very structured over here. For example, if you want to create a synchrometric Boolean algorithm to wrangle G strings, it looks like this…

    lkajsdfkjldasjfldj;ajflkds jkhaocijsajdf;jsojflkaj3423j4lj4lkafn soiudrofijakjkjfp483uer29kjwkrhiahf983r5kjshfkjshkfhisjkhfk

    • just a thought

      What do you mean it didn’t work? OK, well that means there’s a hardware problem. Locating which component that needs to be replaced could take a while, but I’m sure you’re up to it. Here, take this fire axe and go to the main frame and get to work.

  • Xavier

    10% of those new employees better be transjennered.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Meanwhile, the response at the National Labor Relations Board was “zzzzzzzzzzzzz”.

  • DMB

    It could have been worse they could have used Palestinians instead of Indians. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrieBhaGgHM

  • eMan14