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  •  Paying H-1B visa holders *less* is the *point* (5+ / 0-)

    of the system.

     No qualified US worker with a Master's degree, or with 10+ years of experience as a machinist, will take a $9.25-hourly job as a contractor -- e.g. pay both halves of your own FICA and there's no retirement or insurance, no overtime or sick leave, and no vacation. But we have several "employers" here in Lubbock who bitch and moan that they can't find Americans who want "good jobs."

    Jobs demanding a Master's degree or 10+ years of experience. To get $9.25 an hour. As contract labor.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 09:49:31 PM PDT

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    •  OT: Have you heard about BattleGroundTexas? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      3/16/2003 Meet The Press: Dick Cheney re: Iraq: We will be greeted as liberators.

      by cosette on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 10:33:07 PM PDT

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    •  The point of the system...As argued by Congress (3+ / 0-)
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      is to attract skilled workers to the US.  The way it's designed has (Probably deliberately) opens it up to this kind of abuse.  I absolutely believe that using the system to take advantage of an H1B Visa holder is an abuse of the system, and the system should be fixed to prevent this.

      I also believe that calling someone a "contractor" just so you can pay them $9.25 an hour is also an abuse of the system.  Jobs demanding either a Master's degree or 10+ years of experience, and especially one requiring both, certainly should pay a lot more than "$9.25" an hour (I use quotes because it's less than that, when you include the contractor issue).

      •  attracting skilled workers (2+ / 0-)
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        is not the same thing as a race to the bottom. It's a fine example of how the Law of Unintended Consequences leaves loopholes open to the unscrupulous.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 10:28:04 AM PDT

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