I know this will sound nationalistic, and, as one UK ex-pat coworker termed it “jingoistic”, but I believe in American Jobs for American Workers.
That may not make me popular with some folks, even in IT, but, that’s okay.
Why am I on my teeny, tiny political soapbox today? Why else? An article on Slashdot about a US worker filing a lawsuit against Infosys, an Indian search firm, for ignoring her many, very relevant qualifications and submitting an Indian, who was less qualified, for the same job. That’s discrimination. And, it’s illegal.
I hope she takes them too the cleaners.
Look, I know it’s not always a popular position, but when I hear about how many people are unemployed and then I hear how we need to raise H1B1 caps and import more of our workforce, something doesn’t sound right to me. Seriously, hire your out-of-work fellow citizens before hiring someone who’s been brought in from another country. But, first, make sure that they’re qualified. If, and only if, there really, truly isn’t someone from your own country who’s qualified, or who could be relatively easily trained to do that job, then, look at foreigners.
The fiscal blood-letting has got to stop sooner or later.
And, if you’re a “C”-level executive? Maybe it’s time to think about smaller profit margins and a more reasonable salaries and bonuses. How much is really enough? How many have to starve just so you can have one more vacation that you spend on your cell phone anyway?
Something’s got to change.