I rarely read anything at Breitbart.com and I don’t know that I’ve ever linked to anything there before but this article on the phony shortage in science, technology, engineering, and math workers is so on the money I thought I’d pass it on:
Four prominent scholars on Friday questioned why the high-tech industry gets a free pass to perpetuate the myth that there is a shortage of American workers in jobs related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Unlike industry lobbyists and politicians who have repeated that claim in an attempt to secure more high-tech visas that would lower the wages of American workers, the scholars presented firm evidence to debunk the notion that the high-tecn industry is suffering from a lack of qualified American workers.
On a Friday conference call that was organized by the office of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who has been relentless in standing up for American workers and their interests during the amnesty debate, Hal Salzman, a Rutgers University public policy professor, said current wages in the high-tech and information technology (IT) industries do not reflect a labor shortage.
If there were actually a shortage of such workers you’d expect wages for them would be rising, new grads would find it easy to find jobs, post-docs in those fields would be short, and there would be little or no unemployment among workers in those areas. Since none of those is the case, why do large tech employers keep pushing for more H-1B visas?
The answer, obviously, is that it’s to their benefit to push their workers’ wages down and their chosen strategy is a continuous stream of foreign workers. They routinely pay these workers less than the prevailing wage, have a hook on them because of the terms of their visas, and, since they’re frequently young and far from home, they don’t have lives or commitments outside the company and will put up with more abuse than native workers might.
I have no objection to companies getting the technology workers they need but lower pay, indentured servitude, and abuse are not legitimate reasons to import workers when there are already suitable workers available. It’s time to put the burden of proof on the companies rather than on the workers.