Sen. Grassley Asks Microsoft to Layoff H-1B Foreign Workers First
Monday, January 26, 2009, 9:03 AM
( Gates is said to be laying off Americans but keeping his People in India on full employment. what a traitorous skunk)
In a letter addressed to Microsoft last week, Senator Charles Grassley asked the company to layoff foreign workers before laying off skilled American workers. The letter came in response to a report last week that said the company would be laying off approximately 5,000 workers.
I am concerned that Microsoft will be retaining foreign guest workers rather than similarly qualified American employees when it implements its layoff plan.
As you know, I want to make sure employers recruit qualified American workers first before hiring foreign guest workers.
— Senator Charles Grassley in a letter to Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer
Microsoft employs more than 91,000 people and thousands of them are foreign guest workers under the H-1B program. The United States issues 65,000 H-1B visas per year when there is an anticipated shortage of skilled workers in particular fields.
Last year, Microsoft was here on Capitol Hill advocating for more H-1B visas. The purpose of the H-1B visa program is to assist companies in their employment needs where there is not a sufficient American workforce to meet their technology expertise requirements. However, H-1B and other work visa programs were never intended to replace qualified American workers. Certainly, these work visa programs were never intended to allow a company to retain foreign guest workers rather than similarly qualified American workers, when that company cuts jobs during an economic downturn.