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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Congress to hear testimony from Disney workers fired to make way for H-1B visa holders

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Remember that time that Walt Disney World fired 250 tech workers so it could replace them with contract workers from other countries? If not, read about it here. We'll wait. 

The quick-and-dirty version is that last year Disney fired the employees and told them that, if they wanted to receive severance pay, they had to train their replacements – and those replacements were workers from other countries who held H-1B visas that give people with specialized skills permission to work in the United States. Usually (and not surprisingly) they get paid less than American workers doing the same jobs, and companies like Microsoft and Google (and obviously Disney) have contracted with global hiring firms to fill vacancies with H-1B visa holders. 

Tomorrow (Feb. 25), Congress will hear testimony from witnesses who will talk about the program and how it impacts the U.S. economy. Among the witnesses will be Leo Perrero, one of the Disney IT workers fired last year to make way for H-1B visa holders. 

Read more about tomorrow's hearing in this Computerworld story.  

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