Some people ask me, “Isn’t it worthwhile to at least clamp down on the Infosyses, even if the Intels aren’t touched or are even rewarded?” They believe I am unreasonably waiting for a perfect reform proposal. But I am not. I have just one simple criterion: Would a given reform proposal increase the number of jobs open to American tech people?
If a proposed solution is not predicated on the fact that the Intels a widely culpable too — say a solution that punishes the Infosyses but expands the number of visas for the Intels, by increasing the H-1B cap and/or a Staple a Green Card system — then there is no forward progress at all. Disney, for instance, would either switch from HCL to IBM or would hire the young Staple people.
There are people who hate the Infosyses so much that they are blinded to this. Yes, absolutely, the Infosyses are no angels. But getting them out of the way would only shift the problem, NOT solve it.
Let me show you what he is referring to by “shifting” the problem.
Here is a little article I wrote recently describing the pendulum swings in technology hiring.
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?