Dear David R. Griffin:
By now you are aware of the unprecedented opportunity Markham-Hook Conglomerate has encountered. I am sure you rejoice at our good fortune and wish us every success in our leap forward into the global future.
Unfortunately, David R. Griffin, you have not been selected to continue the journey with Markham-Hook Conglomerate. Your position with the company has been eliminated and will terminate on May 1st of this year. As part of your duties before you depart, you will be required to engage in knowledge transfer, making sure your replacement from India knows how to perform your job in a satisfactory manner. In addition, you must successfully complete all projects on your current work list.
Can you imagine receiving a letter like this, or maybe you have or know someone who has. The letter is clearly a form letter with the name of the recipient inserted. And the company has the audacity to inform David that he must train his replacement before leaving. As I read Jobless Recovery I started recognizing things that I really had taken for granted. I knew that whenever I needed tech support for my computer, phone or just about anything electronic I would end up talking to someone who I assumed was from a foreign country, not really knowing if the help was actually being processed here in the US or from another country. As the story of David and later Joe and Lark continued I started wondering how much of this was based on facts so I contacted the Author. Below is the answers to my questions to her.
The part in the book about American tech workers losing their jobs to cheaper tech workers imported from India is absolutely true. Have Americans had to train their replacements? Absolutely true. Are the imported workers paid less than the Americans? Absolutely. Outsourcing is bad–jobs go to other countries, or wherever. But insourcing, bringing workers to the United States on work visas to undercut wages and take jobs from Americans right in this country, is far worse. It is absolutely true that this is happening. I have firsthand experience and I can promise you it’s the truth.
Please go here for all the facts, statistics, and information you may need. I can vouch for this site as being honest and telling the facts. It’s a real eye-opener:
I have called Washington (many times) and I was told this is legal and there’s nothing I can do about it. I even have it in writing from the U.S. Department of Labor that the H-1B law is full of loopholes and there are no protections whatsoever for American workers. The worker importation laws were signed into law by President Clinton. Since then, you can see what’s happened to the economy. I have called senators and representatives, the White House, The U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. I received absurd answers very much like those given to my main character in the book. The line where a staffer tells Dave that since workers have their money in the stock market, anything corporations do to increase profits is good for workers even if they lose their jobs was actually said to me by someone at the U.S. Dept. of Commerce. I’ve paraphrased and that isn’t an exact quote, but it’s pretty close.
For so many years Americans have been expected to drive the world economy with consumerism, but how are we to do this without jobs? Every company wants the benefits of doing business in the U.S. with its stable government and relatively affluent consumer base, but they don’t want to hire Americans and pay American wages and adhere to American labor laws. At the same time they expect Americans to fight and die in the U.S. military to protect their interests. First they told us we didn’t want service jobs, so when those went away we were told to upgrade our skills and get manufacturing jobs. When those went away, they told us to get an education and get tech jobs. Now those are gone to outsourcing and insourcing and we’re told that it’s globalization and we are supposed to “deal with it.” Anyone with half a brain can see that we’ve been lied to you and thrown by the wayside. It’s all due to the sickness of greed. Time for Americans to wake up, get mad, and vote out the people who have sold us out.
Jobless Recovery is another well written book by Author L. C. Evans. She has added humor to help us process the truth behind the fiction in the story of David, Joe and Lark, but at the same time she opened my eyes to what is really going on in our country as well as other countries, with most of us being totally unaware. Jobless Recovery is a book that I highly recommend we all read.
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