Posts Tagged ‘Visas’

Nov
2015
12

TX Building Trades Head Leads Charge to Cut Down H-2B Visa Abuse

TX Building Trades Head Leads Charge to Cut Down H-2B Visa Abuse
  The Houston Chronicle this week revealed the extent to which H-2B visas are being used in Texas and detailed the ways the Texas State Building and Construction Trades Council (TXBCTC) has been fighting against them on behalf of the region’s workers.  H-2B visas are granted to temporary foreign workers in cases when there are [&hellip…;
Aug
2015
13

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued
  The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has fined Joseph Kehrer nearly $1.8 million for exposing foreign workers to asbestos without proper training, equipment, or instruction.  Keher is the owner of Kehrer Brothers Construction and a Kehrer-affiliated company, D7 Roofing, which hired the workers from Mexico to perform…
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Mar
2015
24

STEM the Tide: Pair of Conservatives Join Labor’s Call for a Cap on H-1B Visas, Stricter Enforcement

STEM the Tide: Pair of Conservatives Join Labor's Call for a Cap on H-1B Visas, Stricter Enforcement
  Two conservatives on the Senate Judiciary Committee have developed an unlikely kinship with unions through their support for capping the number of H-1B visas available to U.S. employers.  GOP Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Jeff Sessions of Alabama both serve on the committee; Grassley is the chairman and Sessions heads the subcommittee…
Oct
2014
31

Alarming New Policy to Destroy H-1B Visa Data Will Stifle Research on Wages, Immigration

Alarming New Policy to Destroy H-1B Visa Data Will Stifle Research on Wages, Immigration
  A surprising and disconcerting change in data policy will make determining how H-1B visas affect American workers and the economy much more difficult. Data relating to the visas will now be destroyed after five years.  The change in policy was approved last year by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) but went largely…
Mar
2014
25

Take Me to Hire Ground: “Labor Shortage” Allegations Now Being Disputed in Asia, Too.

  There’s something happening here. And what it is, is…kind of becoming exactly clear. For the past few years, Canadian and American labor organizations from industries including construction have denied claims that a labor shortage exists in their respective countries. Therefore, they do not see a need for foreign workers to be…
Feb
2014
6

Court Decides H-2B Visas Should Be Protected by Prevailing Wages to Avoid Hurting American Workers

  The Third District Court of Appeals handed American workers a victory with their ruling in the case of Louisiana Forestry Association v. Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor.  The court found that the Department of Labor’s  wage regulation methodology is valid pertaining to H-2b visas, meaning the Department of Homeland Security must…
Nov
2013
6

Foreign Worker Visas Don’t Only Take Jobs from Americans, They Expedite the Offshoring Process

Foreign Worker Visas Don't Only Take Jobs from Americans, They Expedite the Offshoring Process
  A $34 million settlement between the U.S. Justice Department and India-based consulting and outsourcing company Infosys is putting the issue of H-1B visa abuse back into the spotlight.  The record fine was levied against the company’s Plano,TX location.   Between 2010 and 2012 Infosys received 6,550 H-1B visas, the fourth highest…
Jul
2013
29

GroupThink, Not Facts, Responsible for Tech Industry Labor Shortage Myth

GroupThink, Not Facts, Responsible for Tech Industry Labor Shortage Myth
  The current Immigration Bill before the Senate would nearly double the number of H-1B visas that American companies could use to bring in temporary foreign workers in industries experiencing a “skills shortage.”  However, new research shows that the shortage of qualified applicants is a myth and that foreign workers are not necessary…
Jun
2013
25

Suit Claims Fiesta Shows’ H-2B Workers Were Forced Into 95-Hour Weeks, Paying for Their Own Travel

Suit Claims Fiesta Shows' H-2B Workers Were Forced Into 95-Hour Weeks, Paying for Their Own Travel
  A class action lawsuit is being brought forward by over 200 workers who allege they were victims of labor law and visa abuses while employed by carnival operator Fiesta Shows.   The workers, working under H-2B visas, say they were paid a weekly flat wage for 40 hours of work while logging closer to [&hellip…;
Jun
2013
21

Poll Suggests American Support for Guest Workers Varies by Industry, Demographics

  New numbers provided by the latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll suggest that Americans want immigrants with skills, just not high-tech skills. The interesting numbers show that Americans support immigration for agricultural work, but not for sectors in which the most help is needed. As Congress…
May
2013
29

Bernie Sanders: If There’s a Worker Shortage Crisis, “Why Haven’t Wages Gone Up?”

Bernie Sanders: If There's a Worker Shortage Crisis,
  In a recent interview with Dylan Matthews of The Washington Post, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (D) described attempts for comprehensive immigration reform as “a massive effort to attract cheap labor.”  The immigration supporter takes exception to amendments offered by Senator Orrin Hatch that would alter guest worker program guidelines….