Posts Tagged ‘Visa’

Aug
2015
10

AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka Says Reforming Abusive Guestworker Visa Programs is Pro-Immigrant

AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka Says Reforming Abusive Guestworker Visa Programs is Pro-Immigrant
  In a recent op-ed for The Huffington Post, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka argues that demanding guestworker reform is, in fact, pro-immigrant.  As the debate on immigration continues on its path to nowhere, special interests are attempting to convince the public that the desire to reform broken visa programs is an anti-worker stance. But…
Jul
2015
16

J-1 Visa Lawsuit Claims Systematic Guest Worker Abuse on State Department’s Watch

J-1 Visa Lawsuit Claims Systematic Guest Worker Abuse on State Department's Watch
  A group of aux pairs have filed a lawsuit with the U.S. District Court in Denver claiming they came to America based on promises that were eventually broken and have been underpaid.  The lawsuit accuses the 15 au pair sponsor programs registered with the U.S. Government of conspiring to set wages below the minimum [&hellip…;
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Jul
2015
15

$1.4M Wage Theft Settlement Exposes Practice of Temp Worker ‘Shell’ Companies in Philly

$1.4M Wage Theft Settlement Exposes Practice of Temp Worker 'Shell' Companies in Philly
  Following an investigation by the Department of Labor Wage and Hour division, Philadelphia-based direct mail and printing company ICS Corp. has agreed to a $1.45 million settlement for failing to abide by the Fair Labor Standards Act.  ICS Corp., New Century Integrity Corp. and its owner Hokkito Teddy were all joint employers according to…
Jul
2015
2

Litigation Is Thy Fate: Lobbyists Continue to Do Everything in Their Power to Pay H-2B Workers Poorly

  It’s round two for industry groups and workers’ rights advocates as they move forward with litigation based on proposed rules to the H-2B visa program, which allows American companies to hire foreign workers for non-agricultural jobs when American workers cannot be found.  As we have noted in the past, the system is plagued by…
Jun
2015
17

Indian Temp Visa Holder Blows Whistle on Slew of Violations in Multi-Million Dollar IT Class Action

Indian Temp Visa Holder Blows Whistle on Slew of Violations in Multi-Million Dollar IT Class Action
  A class action lawsuit against information technology (IT) company Wipro claims that the company misclassified up to 200 employees in order to avoid paying them overtime wages.  The case was brought by Suri Payala, an Indian national who worked for Wipro on a L-1B visa as a computer technician.  L-1B visas allow foreign workers [&hellip…;
Jun
2015
9

Disney Is Latest Company to Abuse H-1B Visas; U.S. Workers Forced to Train Foreign Replacements

Disney Is Latest Company to Abuse H-1B Visas; U.S. Workers Forced to Train Foreign Replacements
  It’s a growing problem across the country which has now permeated an American institution, Walt Disney.  In October, the company contacted 250 of its unsuspecting Information Technology (IT) employees and invited them to a meeting.  Many thought they were going to get bonuses.  Instead, they found out that they were losing their jobs…
May
2015
20

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India

H-1Backlash: Despite $377M in Profits, Fossil Replaces American Workers With Temps from India
  A year after profiting $377 million on $3.5 billion in sales, retailer Fossil is laying off many of its IT workers and replacing them with outsourced H-1B visa workers from India. Fossil’s reason? The need to cut labor costs.  The Indian workers will be provided by Infosys, the same company at the center of [&hellip…;
May
2015
13

National IBEW President, Local 47 Urge DOL to Investigate H-1b Visa Abuse by Massive CA Utility

National IBEW President, Local 47 Urge DOL to Investigate H-1b Visa Abuse by Massive CA Utility
  The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 47 has asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to investigate possible H-1b visa abuse by Southern California Edison.  The IBEW is accusing the utility of laying off American information technology (IT) workers and replacing them with outsourced employees of the Indian firms Tata…
Apr
2015
30

Visa Vie: DOL, DHS Issue Another Interim Final Rule for H-2B Guest Worker Definitions, Protections

Visa Vie: DOL, DHS Issue Another Interim Final Rule for H-2B Guest Worker Definitions, Protections
    The Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued an interim final rule concerning H-2B visas, which will provide additional protections to both U.S. and foreign workers.  The new rule sets the methodology for determining prevailing wages for H-2B workers based on the Occupational Employment…
Feb
2015
10

Ouch-sourcing: SoCal Utility Made Workers Train Their Foreign Visa Replacements Before Firing Them

Ouch-sourcing: SoCal Utility Made Workers Train Their Foreign Visa Replacements Before Firing Them
  It is not often that the American public has a good reason to praise Rep. Darrell Issa and his political philosophies, but there is at least one issue which the California Republican gets right: foreign worker visas. On this topic he understands what is best for the country, as evidenced by his speaking out [&hellip…;
Dec
2014
2

Judge Green Lights Lawsuit Challenging the Tech Worker Visas Obama Wants to Expand

Judge Green Lights Lawsuit Challenging the Tech Worker Visas Obama Wants to Expand
  Just one day after President Obama announced a series of immigration reforms via executive action, a federal judge greenlit a lawsuit that challenges a student visa program which the reforms would expand.  The program, known as Optional Practical Training (OPT), allows foreign born students who graduate from U.S. schools to be eligible to…
Aug
2014
19

Damning Docs: Alberta Labor Leaders Find New Proof of Gov’t Role in Wage Suppression

  Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) President Gil McGowan claims documents unearthed by an Access to Information request show the Canadian government colluded with businesses to use the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program to repress wages in certain industries. The program, which has made some changes after coming under fire in the past…