When employees of the University System of Georgia take their mandated furlough days, foreign workers with a special visa will not be joining them. University System officials said placing these employees on unpaid leave would require approval from the federal government. About 750 of the systemâ€™s 40,000 employees have an H-1B non-immigrant visa, which allows employers to temporarily hire foreign workers in specialty areas
Apart from the obvious unfairness of this, I.T. Grunt is annoyed by a serious inaccuracy in the AJC story
In order to receive an H-1B visa, an employer must show there are no Americans able to do the work, according to federal rules
I.T. Grunt denies this. In a letter to Laura Diamond he says:
Here are the facts:
The DOL's Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2006-2011 (pg. 36) states: "... H-1B workers may be hired even when a qualified U.S. worker wants the job, and a U.S. worker can be displaced from the job in favor of the foreign worker."
The Federal Register, dated June 30, 2006, Section II, paragraph 4, "the statute does not require employers...to demonstrate that there are no available US workers or to test the labor market for US workers as required under the permanent labor certification program."
The University System limp-wristedly argues that to furlough the H-1Bs would need individual applications to Washington to vary their contractual terms:
...the system had three choices: pay the application fees to change the contracts; furlough employees without a waiver and pay a fine; or exempt them from unpaid leave.
Proceeding without a waiver and getting Georgiaâ€™s Congressional Delegation (one of the best on Immigration) to press for forgiveness of the fine was apparently not considered.
Not a surprise. As I.T.Grunt says:
Our colleges are one of the biggest consumers of cheap foreign workersâ€¦Hundreds of thousands of H-1Bs are employed by our universities. The schools even go out of their way to promote the displacement of American students and faculty to make way for mostly Indians:
"Many U.S. colleges and universities have notices posted on their websites informing U.S. companies that they're tax chumps if they hire students who are U.S. citizens.â€?In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements," advises the taxpayer-supported University of Pittsburgh (pdf) as it makes the case against hiring its own U.S. students. You'll find identical pitches made by the University of Delaware, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and other public colleges and universities. The same message is also echoed by private schools, such as John Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins College and Loyola University Chicago."
Universities in general of course have become bastions of anti-white, anti-American Stalinism, so it is not surprising no effort to be fair to the University System of Georgiaâ€™s citizen workers was made.