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Episode 31 – How Well Educated, Hard Working Americans are Treated in America

Here it is, the long awaited 31st episode.  This is a big episode packed full of audible goodness.  In this episode I share stories of American IT workers who are jobless, homeless, or are on the verge of being homeless.  Here are links to items discussed within this episode:

I also discuss 2 other stories. One about a Microsoft Product Manager who was laid off from Microsoft by a guest worker/manager on a L-1 Visa.  I call her Alice to protect her identity.  The second is a story about Diane Drozdowski, an IT worker who was tortured at American Express by an Indian manager until she had a nervous breakdown and then was forced to train her replacements from India.

I also play audio from a fan (a young one) who called in to my comment line.

I apologize for the audio not being as high of quality as I would like it to be, but I do have software on order which I hope will help with future episodes.

Episode 30 – The GM Bridge Loan / Will Restructuring Really Save the Economy?

Winter Solstice / Christmas ’08 episode.

General Motors Logo

The Free Traders are getting the economy that they have been wishing for: cheap labor, disappearing unions, a killer trade deficit, and runaway corruption due to the lack of regulation and Laissez-faire economics.

In this episode I talk about the auto industry bridge loan and GM’s promise to restructure.  GM promises to become a sustainable American company and build “a bridge to a sustainable American auto industry”.  GM has already cut wages to $14.20 for new workers.  The number of workers at the Flint plant where my Dad worked for decades has already gone from a peak of around 6,500 workers to merely 900.  Now GM is planning more cuts, including eliminating 35% of its dealerships by 2012.  With so many people either making close to poverty wages or kicked out onto the street, there is not going to be many customers for GM’s new “green” cars.  So just how is this going to be sustainable for GM or the automotive industry?  How is this supposed to help save the economy as GM claims in their blog? You can view the “Bridge” YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rqo2uwA-_eE.  They turned off comments so no one can comment on their YouTube posts.  They also have several other posts there to review.

One thing that wasn’t so bad in the last contract negotiation between the UAW and GM was the VEBA (Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association) solution for retiree medical benefits.  This benefited GM in that they no longer had to record retiree medical benefits on their books, as well as took retiree benefits off the table and out of jeopardy during future contract negotiations and potential bandruptcy proceedings.

Happy Holidays and I wish you the best in what promises to be a very bad new year.

PS: If you have a Facebook account, be sure to become a fan of WashTech’s new Facebook page.

Episode 29 – A Tale of Two Medical Device Companies

In this episode, I talk a little about the current economy and comment on how the mess today is actually the result of economic and trade policies that began with Reagan.

I also talk about job interviews that I had at two different medical device companies.  It is amazing how obvious it was that they didn’t want to hire an American Citizen for the position.

I introduce two books that cover the union WashTech.  The first book is “The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington” by David Sirota.  An excerpt of this book is available at the WashTech site.  WashTech is discussed in the chapter “Dilberts of the World, Unite!”.  I have an interview in the book near the end of that same chapter.

The second book is titled “Love the Work, Hate the Job: Why America’s Best Workers Are Unhappier Than Ever” by David Kusnet.  An excerpt of this book is available at the WashTech site.  This book not only describes WashTech’s history in great detail, it also  describes Boeing’s history along with the union SPEEA.  It also describes how Boeing changed from a company caring about quality to a company caring more about profit.

Also included in this episode are music and audio clips from the game Portal by Valve Software.

 

Bill Gates was in DC for another push for more H-1B VISAs

Bill G was in Washington DC for his periodic fawning of his ego from congress.  He was also there to traitorously push for more cheap foreign labor to harm the already struggling American technology worker even more.  See the enclosed clip for a Lou Dobbs report on Gates’ visit to DC where he repeatedly stabs American workers in the back.

No one talks about the real root problem of our economy

Great article! It is written by a conservative, but it makes some very important points. Sure it’s nice that the candidates talk about health care and other social issues. But it will be impossible to fix those issues because this globalist “Free [for the corporations] Trade” agenda pulls the rug out from under our economy. A big part of the problem is the VISA program that brings in cheap foreign labor. Another big part are the “Free Trade Agreements” that give away big chunks of our economy to foreign and international corporations.

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Episode 28 – A Funny Skit, Christmas, and Praying to the Visa God

Outsourced Santa

This episode opens with a skit with the help of Bill from The Florida Soapbox podcast.  Bill also has a new podcast titled The World News Review which will be coming out in January.

Next, I discuss the Christmas resolution that passed in congress and my full support for Jim McDermott who voted against it, in which I am in complete disagreement with Lou Dobbs and Ken Schram who I feel completely missed the point as to why to vote no on this Republican resolution.

Indians are now praying to the Visa God for, not entrance into heaven, but entrance into the United States in order to take an American Worker’s job.

 Amazon.com is moving its headquarters from Seattle to … Seattle.

Video Episode 2 – Front Yard Flood

Heavy rain and snow caused major flooding in Washington State. Flood waters filled many of the local creeks and rivers. Woodinville, which is south of me, had major streets flooded out. I spent the day at home since my bridge in my driveway washed out.
Governor Gregoire declared a State Of Emergency, which is good, because it may mean that I can get some assistance with the damage that occured.

Episode 27 – U.S. DOL Throwing Citizens Out On the Street / The Fear Mongering TSA

 

An aritcle in Highland Community News analyzes the Department of Labor’s Strategy Plan where the department states that it is OK to give preference to foreign workers over American workers.  The Progressive Geek provides his own analysis of this section of the Strategy Plan.

Your reading assignment:
On the Need for Reform of the H-1B Non-Immigrant Work Visa in Computer-Related Occupations by Norman Matloff

My wife asks the TSA a simple question.  The TSA replies with a huge response that does NOT answer the question.

Music by Roy Zimmerman