[Stop-traffic] News/US: Specialty Visas: Contract labor program by any name hurts all workers

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/US: Specialty Visas: Contract labor program by any name hurts all workers
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Aug 30 2000 - 08:49:04 EDT


Specialty Visas: Contract labor program by any name hurts all workers
By David Bacon/PNS
Asian Week, August 4-10, 2000

Kim Singh left India thinking he had a good job in the electronics
industry in Silicon Valley. Instead, he found himself in a high-tech
sweatshop.

Singh, a software engineer, worked for three different companies.
Each got him an H1-B immigration visa -- the special non-immigrant
visa that allows employers to bring in "persons in a specialty
occupation which requires ... completion of a specific course of
higher education."

[snip]

But while contract labor boosts corporate bottom lines, it has a
devastating impact on workers —as Singh’s story shows, even white
collar engineers must work in abusive conditions and for low salaries.

[snip]

http://www.asianweek.com/2000_08_03/opinion3_voices_specltyvisa.htm
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