Three days ago I posted about Hillary Clinton's latest campaign speech with this title Good Politics, Questionable Policy and included this paragraph: "BTW: Southern California Edison and the Disney Corporation may soon be under investigation by the Congress and Dept of Labor for knowingly using third parties to violate federal law through the H-1B visa program, so your job isn't safe even in a stateside union shop."
Listening to NPR I just heard that Disney's corporate big wigs have backtracked on their decision to replace IT workers with third party "temp" workers from India brought to America on H-1B visas. Julia Preston who writes for The New York Times said that Disney had nothing to say to her about their reversal of policy but NPR got a short written PR statement/ non-statement that wrapped up with this lame bit of double-speak, "We're clearly on an alternative path to better meet our business needs."
I suppose the IT Poobahs got together with the HR Pixies, the Bean Counters, and the Legal Eagles to figure out that massive fines for illegal use of H1B workers and hundreds of millions in out of court settlements with wrongly terminated American workers, didn't do that much for the company's bottom line. I'm sure that the Public Relations Wizards also loaded in their two cents and "the clarity of an alternative path" was brought into brilliant focus.
Now, if only the entire chain of management who were responsible for the decision to violate federal law and add insult to injury by ordering the American IT staff to train their "illegal"replacements, if only these people were terminated for their appalling bad judgement, then we'd have ourselves a perfect fairytale ending for the rescue of the American Dream. If only we might wish upon some star: