Amid calls for more visas for foreign workers, some Americans fight back

Kelly Parker was thrilled when she landed her dream job in 2012 providing tech support for Harley-Davidson’s Tomahawk, Wisconsin, plants. The divorced mother of three hoped it was the beginning of a new career with the motorcycle company.

The dream didn’t last long. Parker claims she was laid off one year later after she trained her replacement, a newly arrived worker from India. Now she has joined a federal lawsuit alleging the global staffing firm that ran Harley-Davidson’s tech support discriminated against American workers — in part by replacing them with temporary workers from South Asia.

The firm, India-based Infosys Ltd., denies wrongdoing and contends, as many companies do, that it has faced a shortage of talent and specialized skill sets in the U.S. Like other firms, Infosys wants Congress to allow even more of these temporary workers.

But amid calls for expanding the nation’s so-called H-1B visa program, there is growing pushback from Americans who argue the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees — or keep them from getting hired in the first place.

Just like Canada… Do not trust the business community on the matter of Temporary Foreign Workers, further do not trust the Conservative government at all.

The recent changes made to the TFW program are virtually “cosmetic”, addressing, after much public outcry, the issue of Corporate fast food chains incorporating the unskilled labour segment of the TFW program into a business model designed to profit their operations at the expense of Canadian citizens. The unskilled labour segment of the TFW program was only a small part of the massive betrayal of Canadians by our government, the skilled worker segment remains in place to serve the greed of Corporate interests, operating with a lack of oversight and transparency only a Robber Baron could love.

That may seem a surprising choice of words for this blog, however facts are facts, our government has betrayed us, the TFW was, is, and will remain a means to allow corporations to suppress Canadian wages.

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