Report: AT&T Laying Off Americans, Forcing Them to Train Their Foreign Replacements


AT&T is reportedly laying off thousands of American workers after forcing them to train their foreign replacements who have been imported through the H-1B visa program.

Every year, more than 100,000 foreign workers are brought to the U.S. on the H-1B visa and are allowed to stay for up to six years. There are about 650,000 H-1B visa foreign workers in the U.S. at any given moment. Americans are often laid off in the process and forced to train their foreign replacements, as highlighted by Breitbart News.

More than 85,000 Americans annually potentially lose their jobs to foreign labor through the H-1B visa program. Despite claims by the big business lobby, American workers who have been replaced by H-1B foreign workers say there is no shortage of talented and qualified citizens for high-paying, white-collar jobs.

In a new report by Axios, current and former AT&T employees said they are being laid off after being forced to train their H-1B foreign replacements. more here

25 Comments on Report: AT&T Laying Off Americans, Forcing Them to Train Their Foreign Replacements

  1. Spokesperson says we’re trying to be more efficient. Translation to honesty says we’re trying to be more profitable. Boardrooms don’t care about the little guy.

  2. Maybe it’s not that easy to just walk when you’re living paycheck to paycheck. But I’m still going to drop AT&T as my cell phone provider.

  3. My understanding of the H-1B visa program is that it is needed to provide specialized high tech and scientific workers when there are no Americans to fill the jobs.

    Maybe someone should look into this to make sure AT&T is using that way.

  4. @Txn4Evr:

    How do you “Force” someone to train their replacement? Walk out the door!

    @Supernightshade has it exactly right. You’re offered a severance package of cash (commonly based on the number of years you’ve been an amployee) and perhaps a year of health care coverage if you stay on for the “transition.” No goodies for YOU if you simply resign. It may not be “forced” technically, but they make you an offer that is very, very difficult to refuse.

    This happened to me twice, once in 1995 and again in 2014.

  5. To paraphrase Saint Oprah, “If you Americans don’t have the common decency to die”, there’s nothing wrong, even questionable, with the United States government (whom the United Nations recognizes as the duly occupying force of Americans), replacing them with loyal, hard working, United Statesians.

    Don’t like it? There’s the fentanyl.

  6. Any company that does this should lose any and all tax deductions they claim retroactively. They’re adding them to our welfare system. That’s the rules in other countries.

    You like looking abroad for workers, let’s look abroad to some of their labor laws too.

    The thing to me is that Leftists would say that I’m stumbling onto the truth of rapacious capitalists and the need for unions with that comment. Except AT&T has unions. Universally, you will fund the companies that do this are the far left, diversity mongering, run by globalist liberals who are un-American in everything they do. They act like a government unto themselves.

    I fired AT&T in August last year. I had already been talking to some call center in Calcutta for a year or two already. Reading from a script. They would pick out a word I said and start reading a script designed for that word. They billed me for four months in a row after I cancelled and I recorded my conversations with them after they claimed I had not cancelled and they couldn’t find my equipment I mailed back. Told them they could fuck up a one car funeral.

    They are incapable of learning and should be trustbusted. They lie to everyone from their customers to their employees to their shareholders.

  7. @Txn4Evr large corporations have all kinds of tricks like withholding severance pay. For some people this can be 30 or more weeks pay also if you quit some states you’re not eligible for unemployment.

  8. Nah … you don’t need that USB thingy – just plug it straight into the wall outlet … just bend the prongs with your teeth … no … later …

    izlamo delenda est …

  9. American women LOVE to be called “bitch” or “cunt” … it’s like “my friend” in your shithead language …

    izlamo delenda est …

  10. We gave AT&T the boot when we moved. Used them only for WiFi and we went with another company with faster speed. And we don’t have to talk to someone reading from a script.

  11. Back when I worked for Mobil Chemical Corporation, we had just over 400 employees at our facility and they were all well paid Mobil employees. When Exxon merged/took over Mobil and renamed itself ExxonMobil things started to change. Our plant manager had employee group meetings and laid out the future at our plant and all ExxonMobil plants. He said that about a third of the jobs at our plant would remain ExxonMobil and a third would become embedded/full time contractors and a third would be contractors who would be put to work on a as-needed basis. I have to admit that ExxonMobil pays well and the benefits package is stellar, but contractors are paid much less with virtually no benefits. Rex Tillerson, among others, was the architect of this policy to greatly reduce the number of high paying blue and white collar jobs in the chemical industry. He made the claim that ExxonMobil had to make these changes to remain competitive. BS! While great paying jobs for working class people were being eliminated, Rex Tillerson got pay raises in the millions. His other claim of having a responsibility to the share holders to increase profits was bogus, too. During Rex Tillerson’s leadership, ExxonMobil’s stock value sucked. I know because I was one. Mobil Oil always had an increasing stock value with a great record of performance. Since my retirement nearly seven years ago, ExxonMobil’s stock has gone down considerably. I qualified for the lump-sum pension payout and that’s what I took. Future retirees won’t have that option and their retirement will not be what it could be if Rex Tillerson had not implemented his Stalin-like decisions. Rex Tillerson helped to weaken a company that was at one time the most valuable company in the world and turn it into one that is struggling. He ruled with an iron fist and everything was his way or the highway. Constructive criticism was not tolerated and every employee meeting turned into a lecture on how you’d be dealt with if you went rogue and didn’t follow company dictates. Minor mistakes often lead to termination. The words repeated at every employee meeting were, “Failure to follow the policy (whether written or implied) will result in administrative action, up to and including termination.” I understand the need to follow procedures in an environment like a chemical plant, but this culture went way beyond that. Good people lived in fear for their livelihood because of the draconian atmosphere on the job. Guys I know who still work where I did are telling me that they are retiring at the earliest possible moment because of fear of being terminated for some petty or minor infraction. The younger guys say that they have no expectation of working thirty years plus and having a decent retirement. That’s exactly what Rex Tillerson and others in the industry want. A constant turnover of employees helps the company’s bottom line. If you work less than fifteen years for the company, they don’t own you any pension or lifelong benefits package for example. Rex Tillerson had never been fired in his entire life and that is part of what shaped him. He became corrupted by the power he wielded and he, therefore, ExxonMobil simply didn’t value the people who worked for them. Rex Tillerson had always been the one dictating the orders and he thought he would have his way as Secretary of State. I was so happy when President Trump canned his sorry ass the way he did. He deserved it!

  12. @Hambone January 1, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Only one quibble. The new(est) hires, as you noted, do not have any faith in management. But, as they never did, they are unwilling to leave “their” money on the table. Even if management claims they’re just “banking” it, for later. They’ll never be paid (by any of the existing, “non”-government entities) the way the old folks were. But the lights have come up, and there’s no one, new, left to bury under the Ponzi pyramid.

  13. Just leave out of the training one or two obscure, but vital steps in the procedure. “We’ll go into that in more detail later”. Then collect your severance and leave.

  14. @Hambone, your own knowledge and experience are educational information about the greedy mentality of power that owns and runs the US.
    Trump has NOT declared an Executive Order demanding American citizens be hired, nor has he ordered non-citizen visa holders be prohibited as immigrant job takers. So he doesn’t care about Americans having jobs. Also by Trump’s own choices, he has shown that war and torture are essential in running US government affairs, because his two picks condone both (CIA) torture and wars.

    Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!

  15. The A in AT&T doesn’t mean what it used to. I’ll take an ‘F’ for $100 Alex. And rename the company – Foreigner Telephone & Telegraph.

  16. Caution: Axios is left-wing anti-Trump. Make Trump look bad agenda.

    (By the way, it’s a good idea to get your information from the primary source, not blog posts summarizing an article that refers to what some other article said about what a primary source said.)

    I can’t tell how many of the supposedly American “workers” who are being replaced are citizens or green-card holder workers.

    I also can’t tell how many workers lost jobs from overseas outsourcing or importation of visa temps.

    I also can’t tell how many workers lost jobs because some function or division within a company became subcontracted to another company which in turn (with or without the knowledge of the former) replaced the jobs of American citizens with foreign workers (here or abroad.)


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