BTW: Good Politics, Questionable Policy - Disney Rewrites IT Lay-off with a Happy Ending

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:

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Comment by koshersalaami on June 17, 2015 at 11:50am
I'm afraid it matters who they are
Comment by alsoknownas on June 17, 2015 at 12:22pm

Disney's record on workers goes way back. Here we see Little Red Henski who showed up to make the chickens go on strike.

Comment by Jeanne Sathre on June 17, 2015 at 5:19pm

Well said. Disney does so much so well, but this was a real blooper.

Comment by Abrawang on June 17, 2015 at 7:00pm

Nicely out jmac.  And thumbs up for aka's cartoon.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on June 18, 2015 at 9:33am

Great new avatars SB & Keiko!

Comment by Jerry DeNuccio on June 19, 2015 at 8:16am

I love your tone here JMac: a perfect fit for this bit of unparalleled dumbassery and reminder that in the discourse of corporate-speak and PR releases the English language swirls into a black hole from with nothing approaching sense-making emerges.


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