I bet each and every one of you has a very interesting story to tell about how you came to be at the level you are currently working at.
You could probably write a book about it.
Hopefully you are at the level that you wanted to be at.
Which is why I wanted to ask you a question.
What would you do if you had been denied the opportunity to strive for the job that you have worked so hard to get?
By denied, I mean what would you do if your company had decided to send your job to another country?
Or they had decided to import non-immigrant guest workers to take your job away from you?
Many will say this is not happening, especially in my industry.
But if we actually do a little bit of homework, we find out that our industry has been hit especially hard.
And we thank god that we were one of the lucky ones.
- https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics5_511110.htm – Newspaper Publishers
- https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics5_515110.htm – Radio Broadcasting
- https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/naics5_515120.htm – Television Broadcasting
As you can see by looking at the links shown above, the data is there, and it breaks it down into the different occupations and because we have the 2010 data and the 2018 data, we can easily see if we are gaining or losing when it comes to jobs.
Lets look at Radio First
It looks like the only job gains we have seen are in Business and Financial Operations, Computer and Mathematical and Transportation and Material Moving and when you consider that we have only gained about 1,590 positions in the 2010 to 2018 time frame, ya’ll have been hit especially hard and it looks like ya’ll have lost 12,760 jobs in that same time frame.
Now lets look at Television.
While ya’ll have gained 15,950 jobs, you have lost 2,860 jobs.
There again Business and Financial Operations and Computer and Mathematical seem to be the safe havens.
Now lets look at the Newspaper Publishers.
As we can see, they have been hit especially hard.
Now each of you are aware of which companies have sent their jobs to other countries in your industry and if you’re not, you really should educate yourself on the subject so that you don’t end up in one of those areas that is totally in red in the figures shown above.
But how many of you are aware of which companies in your industry are importing non-immigrant guest workers on the H-1B visa to take your job away from you?
That information is a little bit harder to come by, but I’ve made it easier for you.
As an example, here is a link to the 2019 data that we have so far.
Click on that link, select “NAICS Code” in the drop down and enter the appropriate code that follows, hit the “Submit” button and you can find the information showing which company, how much they paid, etc. to bring somebody in to take your job.
And we can’t even begin to calculate what automation will do at this point, although we are all aware that it is coming.
If you would care to research the years from 2010 to 2018, you can do that by clicking here and selecting “View Hunting Licenses by Year”.
I realize some will still be in denial and say this isn’t happening, but here is a map showing all the cities that have sent jobs to other countries and keep in mind that there can be many companies per city.
And here is a similar map showing how many H-1B non-immigrant guest workers are being imported to take your job away from you.
As you can see, it is pretty well nationwide and keep in mind that the offshoring of jobs aka Free Trade Agreements began around the mid 1970’s and the H-1B non-immigrant guest worker program was began in 1990.
Our political leaders are well aware of this happening as you can see by the following.
Over the last two decades, concern about what kinds of immigrants come to the U.S. focused largely on excluding those traditionally viewed as least desirable– uneducated, unskilled and illegal immigrants. Most research regarding immigration has shared this focus. But increasingly in recent years, the scope of U.S. immigration policy debate has expanded to encompass questions about the desirability of highly skilled immigrants and temporary workers. These high-skill newcomers boast education, training and talent that could benefit the U.S. economically. But some members of the public, advocates and policy makers fear that this same social and economic capital may threaten U.S. interests by creating competition with American-born workers.
This tension between dual goals–attracting immigrants with the skills to assimilate and contribute economically while ensuring that they do not displace or otherwise harm U.S. workers–was reflected in Congressional wrangling over the number and kind of permanent visas to be issued for employment-based immigration under the Immigration Act of 1990 (Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1991). It arose again in debate over the Immigration Act of 1996, which initially included ultimately unsuccessful proposals to curtail both employment-based permanent immigration and temporary worker visas (Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1997).
But nowhere has this tension been more evident than in the ongoing Congressional debate over the H-1B program, which allows high-tech and other skilled workers into the U.S. for stays of up to several years. The H-1B debate has pitted business leaders who argue that U.S. is suffering from an economically damaging shortage of qualified workers in critical fields like information technology against representatives of labor who counter that the U.S. is caving into the demands of employers who would rather hire cheap foreign labor than train or re-train available U.S. workers (House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, 1998; Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1998).
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My position on all of this?
I want everybody in every country to have a job that gives them the ability to provide for their family.
A job that challenges their abilities and keeps them happy and content knowing that they are doing all that they can do.
Just not at the expense of somebody else, and by that I mean, ignoring the economists, it really is very easy to see through all of this if we will but look.
- As our population increases, we need to create more jobs so that everybody that wants to work can work.
- But as we send jobs to other countries, this decreases the jobs we have available here in America.
- And as we import non-immigrant guest workers to take the remaining jobs, this also decreases the jobs we have available here in America.
- Which is forcing more and more into homelessness and living out of vans, cars, and with friends.
Is this really the future we want for the best country in our World?