The pendulum swings of disposable labor

We were the Road Warriors.

We were called in when your existing staff couldn’t fix the problem.

We were called in to take over for your existing staff when they were developing new systems and needed help maintaining the old systems.

We demanded a premium wage and we were able to get it because we had the skills to deliver.

We were willing to live out of the extended stay motels and willing to take on the project of the highest bidder at a moments notice.

It was a good life in the 80’s, 90’s, and up until about 2000.

So the corporations shifted their focus to hiring an immobile, compliant workforce who would not make waves for fear of being deported.

Thus was the H-1B era born.

For the most part, they were paid substantially less even though many had the same skills that we Road Warriors had.

But many were willing to pay for a proxy expert or dubbing artist to help them get work because they didn’t have these skills.

And their willingness to use caste to exclude Americans in America from working alongside of them became their downfall.

For them it was a good life in the 00’s, 10’s and up into the 20’s.

Thus we have seen the pendulum swing from the Road Warriors to the H-1B’s.

And now we are seeing it swing once again to the green card holders who will be similar to the Road Warriors which will force the corporations once again to seek a new form of cheap, compliant labor who will be shackled to their jobs.

When will we learn from our history and better yet, when will our government learn that it is up to them to balance the needs of capital and the rights of labor?

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