Jobs

Working America is facing a crisis. It’s a jobs crisis and it’s the number one issue facing Americans.  Far too many people are out of work, and many have been out of work for a long time.” - Former AFL-CIO President John Sweeney

Of particular concern is the glut of professional H-1B visa workers in the tech industry. By lobbying Congress, tech companies have helped continue to raise the number of H-1B visas issued annually to foreign workers while at the same time laying off American workers. These companies aggressively recruit foreign workers willing to work longer hours for less benefits and lower salaries. And often times, American high tech workers are forced to train their replacements on the job.

The tech industry claims “shortages” of high-tech workers, but even this year the number of H1-B visas issued exceeded the number of jobs created by the industry. The result is thousands of Californians who are either unemployed or underemployed. The impact is especially brutal on minorities who are often overlooked by employers in favor of cheap foreign and often illegal labor.

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