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View Diary: Obama, H-1B, and the Secret Tech Lobbyists Don't Want You to Know (30 comments)

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  •  Very good technical training (5+ / 0-)

    low wages and benefits, long hours, and the visa holder is abjectly dependent on their employer for both continued and improved residency. The easiest way for a foreign worker to get citizenship now is by working for a huge corporation for 5 years. So Microsoft has the worker more or less at their mercy, the workers are happy with far less favorable conditions, and they're well trained as workers.

    No laws but Liberty. No king but Conscience.

    by oldjohnbrown on Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 08:37:07 AM PST

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    •  I find it odd (1+ / 0-)
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      that Microsoft invests huge amounts of money in e.g. UW-Seattle, and in scholarships for domestic students. The big picture doesn't add up. It seems irrational - the lobbying expenditures, the scholarships, the investments in American schools, the visas...they're throwing money in so many different directions I can't even figure out what it is they want.

      •  The irrationality is quite real (2+ / 0-)
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        Donna Conroy, kyril

        On the one hand, Bill and Melinda Gates both contribute generously to education, health care, and numerous other good causes. The Gates family are reliable blue-blood liberals. On the other hand, Microsoft has always been an extremely aggressive employer. They once fired all their employees and hired them back as contractors so that they could get out of paying full-timer benefits and so that their staff would be easier to fire. The people they do hire get worked so hard that they rarely see the outside world. I have a cousin whose job at Microsoft was, literally, to take them outside. Walk them through forests, that kind of thing.

        No laws but Liberty. No king but Conscience.

        by oldjohnbrown on Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 08:49:45 AM PST

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