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At UCSF, a Too-Familiar Tale; American Workers Fired, H-1Bs Hired

Recently, the University of California, San Francisco campus fired 49 information technology workers, and will replace them with foreign-born H-1B visa holders. On the story’s surface, the news is disgusting and disheartening, but hardly headline-making. H-1Bs have routinely displaced Americans since Congress created the visa more than 30 years ago.

Immigrant Restaurant Owner Decries Los Angeles’ Cheap Eats Lists

Diep Tran, chef and owner of Los Angeles’ popular Good Girl Dinette, recently wrote a passionate opinion column that criticized food journalists for promoting cheap eats lists. Tran, a Vietnamese refugee, said that by advertising dining establishments that serve lower cost food than available elsewhere, publications sanction, perhaps unknowingly, hiring immigrants who invariably work for lower than the going rate an American or legal resident would expect.

Trump’s Speech: What he Didn’t Say

The reaction to President Trump’s speech delivered to a joint session of Congress fell along party lines – no surprise. But even among the president’s most fervent supporters, those who eagerly voted for him, disappointment is growing and intensifying over his failure to keep an important campaign promise.
 

IT Tycoons Take on Trump

Silicon Valley is angry at President Donald Trump. First, after putting piles of cash at the feet of Hillary Clinton, tech executives suffered a doomed love affair with their defeated candidate.

Enforcement Comes to My Hometown; Residents Clueless about Consequences

Here in Pittsburgh, we don’t have much immigration. As I sit writing this blog post, I’m trying to remember the last time I heard a language other than English spoken around me. I can’t recall. The jobs that legal and illegal immigrants so often fill in California and other immigrant-heavy states are, in Pittsburgh, almost exclusively done by Americans.

In October, Population Increases Outpaced Job Creation

President-elect Donald Trump’s repeated promises to create jobs, and bring unemployed and under-employed Americans back into the fold resonated strongly with disenfranchised voters, and helped put him in the White House.

TPP Dead, Trump Promises Future Trade Deals Will Create Jobs, Not Lose Them

TPP doomed, big win for American workers.

Last Pre-Election BLS Report is Spectacularly Underwhelming

Analysts hoped that the October economy would have generated 175,000 new jobs. The actual number the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported was even less inspiring, 161,000 of the usual low-paying, part-time jobs. Changed little over the past month was employment in major industries, including mining, construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade and transportation.

Obama Comes to My Hometown, Talks Tech, Fouls up Traffic

At a one-day conference in Pittsburgh called the White House Frontiers Conference, President Barack Obama announced that he will allocate more than $300 million in federal and private funds to support science and technology. The total will include about $165 million for so-called smart city initiatives like reducing traffic congestion.

September BLS Report Ignores, as it Always Does, American Job Displacement

The September Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report announced that the economy generated 156,000 new jobs, fewer than the 176,000 Wall Street analysts had predicted. About 7.9 million Americans are unemployed, which the Labor Department said is a little-changed statistic over the year. From month to month, the BLS reports are a monotonous litany of poor economic growth and dismal job creation.
 

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