Department of Labor

Globalism and the Death of the American Dream

On August 22, 2016, U.S. News & World Report published the sobering article, “Dream On: Growing inequality has made the American ‘rags to riches’ story more myth than reality.

DOL Clears Southern California Edison, Infosys of Wrongdoing in H-1B Scandal

Shortly after the Southern California Edison Company fired about 500 of its tech workers and replaced them with H-1B visa holders, Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) led a bipartisan congressional group which demanded that then-Attorney General Eric Holder, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez investigate.

Uninspiring April BLS Report May Include ‘Phantom Jobs’

From the April Bureau of Labor Statistics report, throw out everything except this: wages increased 0.1 percent. A three-cents-an-hour wage increase for employees on nonfarm payrolls to an average $24.87 does little to raise Americans’ standard of living, especially for those working the average 34.5 hours per week.

Economic Policy Institute Demands Labor Secretary Investigate SoCal Edison H-1B Scandal

The Economic Policy Institute has joined outraged Americans in the quest for justice on behalf of the laid-off Southern California Edison (SCE) workers displaced by foreign-born H-1B visa holders.

Enforcing Immigration Laws To Get Americans Back To Work

Virtually every candidate for elected office knows that he (she) must proclaim his goal of "creating jobs."

This is the case for those who seek office at the local level and is certainly true for those who aspire to win elections for seats in both houses of the United States Congress and for the Presidency.  Shortly after winning enough delegates to the Republican convention to lock up the Republican nomination Mitt Romney talked about his abilities and experiences as a businessman to know how to create jobs for Americans.

Teachers, H-1B Visas and the Catch-22

According to the Department of Labor, in 2010 it certified 13,157 foreign-born teachers as instructors in U.S. elementary and high school classrooms. The teachers arrived from Mexico, the Philippines, India, Canada and other countries. My former employer, the Lodi Unified School District, began the practice of hiring from the Philippines five years ago. [Read my column about it here.]

Oregon Wants Labor Department to Toughen Up on H-2B Visa Fraud

Here’s a good news update on my blog last week. I wrote about the outrageous Department of Labor report that $7 million in federal stimulus money from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was paid to 254 foreign-born workers via Oregon forestry placement agencies. The workers were brought into Oregon on H-2B visas; 146 Americans were contacted but only 36 hired.

Outrage! Stimulus Money Goes to Pay Foreign-Born (But Legal) Workers

On October 17, the Department of Labor Department released its Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) report which revealed that more than $7 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds were paid out to four Oregon forestry services firms who hired no U.S. workers.

According to the report: