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US Companies Training Foreigners to Replace Homegrown Workers

Toys “R” Us at Vaughan Mills. Photo by Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine

According to an investigation conducted by the New York Times, some US companies are training foreign workers in the US using temporary visas and then sending them offshore to work.

Companies like Toys ‘R’ Us and New York Life Insurance bring foreign employees into the US to train them to do the jobs which are done in their home offices in the US. After the worker has learned the job of the American employee, the US worker is then fired. The foreign worker goes home and begins his new job there.

The NY Times reports one example of a former employee of Toys ‘R’ Us who stated that a woman from India on a temporary visa sat with her for a month this past spring while she performed her job as an accountant at the toy company’s headquarters in Wayne, New Jersey.

“The woman…studied and recorded the accountant’s every keystroke, taking screen shots of her computer and detailed notes on how she issued payments for toys sold in the company’s megastores,” according to Julia Preston, the New York Times’ National Immigration Correspondent.

Many of the foreign workers were in the US on a special visa program known as H-1B. This program lets American companies hire foreigners if they are professionals with “highly specialized knowledge” which the company needs. However, the federal guidelines for the program say that the employers must sign a statement that declares that the hiring of the foreign workers “will not adversely affect the working conditions” of Americans or lower their wages.”

The fired workers stated that the foreign workers did not have specialized skills, and their employers forced them to train the foreigners, threatening to force them to resign if they refused.

“At the very least, those are violations of the spirit of the law,” Christine Brigagliano, a lawyer who advises companies on obtaining visas..  “Those contractors are signing on the bottom line, saying we will not undercut the wages and working conditions of Americans. But, in fact, they are.”

Spring Show NYC As Seen By Ken Johnson

In a recent article for the New York Times, Ken Johnson discusses his impressions from the Spring Show NYC. Johnson explained that he especially enjoyed the fair thanks to its unique exhibits.

He described the work of Carlton Hobbs as “a group of satirical portraits in the form of early 19th century miniature reliefs exquisitely carved in ivory… The reliefs represent members of the king’s court with delightful, comic savagery.”

Other unusual works included the Yew Tree House, which featured 200 thin, flat shapes made of birch wood, as well as Clinton Howell’s flat, fan-like paper-mache face screens.

“Naturally, there are many fine examples of more familiar genres offered by the more than 60 exhibitors,” Johnson added, “including a beautiful portrait of a child in a pink dress by the American itinerant portraitist Ammi Phillips at Jeffrey Tillou and, at Phoenix Ancient Art, a strikingly lifelike, third-century marbel head of a Roman man who gazes upward with an expression of sleepy-eyed resignation.”

New Yorkers Paying More for their New York Times

New York Times

New Yorkers now must pay the same price for their beloved New York Times as the rest of the country. Beginning on Monday the cost of the Times will be 50 cents more in New York, catching up to the $2.50 for the daily edition that the rest of the country has been paying for the esteemed newspaper of record.

Spokeswoman for the Times, Eileen Murphy, relieved worries when she said that Sunday’s deluxe edition of the newspaper will remain steady at $5.00 in the Big Apple, and $6.00 in the rest of the nation. Those patrons subscribed digitally do not need to fear, as their price will also not change, at the moment.

Home delivery however, did rise in price by 4%, as they were informed it would about 6 weeks previously.