Purveyor (1000+ posts) Fri Feb-20-09 12:10 PM
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Microsoft, Intel Firings Stir Resentment Over Visas for Foreign Workers
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Feb. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp.ís plan to eliminate U.S. workers after lobbying for more foreigner visas is stirring resentment among lawmakers and employees.

As many as 5,000 employees are being shown the door at Microsoft, which uses more H1-B guest-worker visas than any other U.S. company. Some employees and politicians say Microsoft should get rid of foreigners first.
TwilightGardener (1000+ posts) Fri Feb-20-09 12:28 PM
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1. I'd like to know what the argument AGAINST cutting the foreign workers first is...
Are they demonstrably more valuable, do they make less in wages--Microsoft needs to explain.
zalinda (1000+ posts) Fri Feb-20-09 01:17 PM
Response to Reply #3
4. Honey, that's describing almost all
the large companies in the US doing business. When are the Democrats going to do something about it?

Notice how we, I mean, this one only has 1 heart?

Romulox (1000+ posts) Fri Feb-20-09 01:24 PM
Response to Reply #4
6. Thanks for this point. Still trying to figure out why IT jobs shouldn't be subject to "competition"
with third world workers, just like manufacturing jobs are. It's a "some of us are more equal" type of argument.
Of course if those of us in the South West complain about "guest workers" taking all the construction jobs we are called racists, among other things.