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Lawyers talk about outsourcing (this makes me feel dirty)

Via BusinessWeek is this gem: the IT industry folks are all over the H-1B issue, and they've produced a YouTube video (that has been viewed over 50,000 times) showing lawyers discussing how to exploit loopholes in the law to outsource jobs and save labor costs. These folks go through a step-by-step process on how to pretend to seek U.S. workers (as required by U.S. law) while actually finding any possible way to disqualify them in favor of hiring cheaper outsourced labor. Some choice quotes:

  • "Our goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested U.S. worker."
  • "If necessary [to disqualify a U.S. job-seeker from the recruitment process], schedule an interview, go through the whole process, to find a legal basis to disqualify them for this particular position. In most cases, that doesn't seem to be a problem."

Just watching this YouTube clip (below) makes me want to go wash my hands. The lack of shame is amazing. I suspect this law firm will get in a bit of hot water as a result of the video, but a real fix for this problem would have to involve far more than pointing a finger at a law firm and a company or two. It would also have to address, at the very least, taking out the de facto immigration policy (in the form of, for instance, the WTO GATS' "Mode 4") in our trade agreements; and on a deeper level, the broader topic of wage arbitrage and the race to the bottom in wages and labor standards. That's the real issue, rather than the "is-it-xenophobia-or-corporate-greed? debate" that InformationWeek thinks is the relevant one.

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