**McDonald’s lays off 70 American accountants from Ohio and gives their jobs to foreign workers as part of cost-cutting exercise
McDonald’s has laid off 70 native-born employees from Ohio and filled their positions with contracted workers who entered the country on H-1B visas.A spokesperson for McDonald’s told Breitbart that the company decided to lay off the 70 Americans in order to save costs.
‘To deliver $500 million in savings, the vast majority by the end of 2017, we are restructuring many aspects of our business, including an accounting function,’ the spokesperson, Terri Hickey, said.
What is most striking about the news, is that the fast food chain is outsourcing jobs that are considered ‘mainstream white-collar positions’ like accounting.
The significance of this development is that American companies are increasingly turning to cheaper labor from foreign countries in order to man positions in all corners of the economy, and not just hi-tech and software firms.
‘[This] is not just a Silicon Valley thing anymore, it is happening all over’ the US, Steve Camarota, head of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, told Breitbart.
There are now over 800,000 ‘guest workers’ in the US who have been hired to do ‘white-collar temporary jobs.’ Of them, 650,000 are here on an H-1B multi-year visa.
The Ohio layoffs could bode ill for other sectors of the economy – like accounting, healthcare, and design jobs - since the jobs being outsourced are those that have been filled by Americans who have completed accredited business schools and are professionally trained.
Foreigners, particularly from India, have come to the US and have been hired as professors, lecturers, doctors, therapists, scientists, and researchers.
Since the 1980s, immigrants - both legal and illegal - have found work in blue collar positions that were once occupied by Americans.
Now, companies are sponsoring the arrival of new immigrants in order to perform ‘professional white-collar jobs.’
One reform of H-1B that I’d like to see is that workers lose they visa if their employer fores them. Usually the argument made for H-1B is “we can’t find and Americans to do X in this area.” That may be true as far as getting, say, enough RNs in rural areas. But rather than have the foreign workers tied to a single employer I’d allow them to seek employment within a prescribed area.
Obviously the idea that there is a shortage of accountants in Ohio is risible. In a way I’m glad to see white collar jobs being lost to immigrants, now maybe more will be done. Reminds me of a Ted Cruz ad from the primaries: