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1 Skip Intro  Jun 16, 2014 12:57:26pm

The only thing new about this story is the technology used by people training their replacements.

AT&T, where I worked in the 1990s, was already doing this, although they had to pay to bring the replacements to the job site to be trained by the soon-to-be ex-employees.

This is much more cost efficient.

2 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 16, 2014 1:26:40pm

re: #1 Skip Intro

The only thing new about this story is the technology used by people training their replacements.

AT&T, where I worked in the 1990s, was already doing this, although they had to pay to bring the replacements to the job site to be trained by the soon-to-be ex-employees.

This is much more cost efficient.

I remember in the ‘00’s, the companies were not allowed to hire an H1B unless they could prove they had advertised the job and could not find any “qualified Americans.” They got around this by listing job requirements specifically suited to the H1B applicant’s resume. 16 different skills! If you cad 15 out of 16, you weren’t “qualified”

3 Blue Fielder  Jun 16, 2014 6:17:48pm
“I think once we learned about it, we became angrier toward the U.S. government than we were with the people that were over here from India,” A.B. said, “because the government is allowing this.”

And we wonder how right-wing batshittery and libertarian crankery gets a foothold in Silicon Valley and America in general.

They blame the brown people.
They blame the government.
They DON’T blame the corporate greedhead fatasses who did it.

4 Decatur Deb  Jun 16, 2014 6:23:25pm

Unionize IT.

5 Dark_Falcon  Jun 16, 2014 6:52:35pm

re: #4 Decatur Deb

Unionize IT.

Not really practical. You’d need to cut down on the number of H-1B visas first, then try to form unions. Unions need a certain amount of scarcity of people to do a type of work before they are effective. Otherwise they can’t do much because a company can simply ignore striking workers and replace them (or just fire them in some cases).

6 Pie-onist Overlord  Jun 17, 2014 4:46:33am

re: #4 Decatur Deb

Unionize IT.

UAW tried that in the ‘80’s when GM sold their entire IT department to EDS and GM workers who were forced to transition to EDS lost all their benefits and seniority. EDS eventually outsourced the whole kaboodle, and was then eated by HP.

GM now hires IT workers either directly or contract.


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