Posted January 10, 2017
DPE to UC President Napolitano: Rescind Decision to Layoff 79 UCSF Employees, Don’t Abuse H-1B Visa Program
As highlighted this weekend in the Los Angeles Times, UC San Francisco (UCSF) is laying off 79 IT professionals and using the H-1B visa program to outsource their work. Ahead of their February 2017 layoffs, the UCSF workers have been forced to train their replacements, who work for the Indian outsourcing company HCL Technologies.
In a letter sent today, DPE president Paul E. Almeida urged UC President Janet Napolitano to reverse UCSF’s decision to fire these IT professionals and move their work to India. As the letter points out, Congress never meant for the H-1B visa program to be used by employers to replace U.S. workers with cheaper workers in the United States or abroad.
The developments at UCSF underscore why DPE believes the current H-1B program must be reformed so that it works for U.S. workers, highly skilled foreign workers, and employers. Right now the program is regularly used to outsource and offshore good jobs to lower wage markets, and to replace U.S. workers with cheaper workers in the United States. The top H-1B employers are companies like HCL Technologies that specialize in shipping U.S. jobs overseas, mostly in the IT industry. These companies rarely sponsor H-1B employees for lawful permanent resident in the United States.
For more about the H-1B visa program and other high-skilled temporary visa programs, check out DPE’s fact sheet.
Posted January 6, 2017
Hart Research Briefs DPE Affiliates on 2016 Survey of Professionals Results
Hart Research highlighted the finding that a majority of professionals support union representation in their workplace and most want a union to help increase their salaries.
“Most professionals want and deserve a raise,” said DPE President Paul Almeida in response to the survey results.
The briefing also focused on the finding that the attitudes of professionals who would not support a union in their workplace are moveable—or can be persuaded—by communicating union success.
Hart Research also highlighted obstacles to changing the opinions of these “disapprovers.” They include doubts and myths about union effectiveness, protection of poor performing workers, and involvement in politics.
DPE will release new demographic-based reports from the survey data every two weeks starting on Monday, January 9, 2017. Full survey data and all of the materials from yesterday’s briefing are available to DPE affiliates. Contact us for more information.
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