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Comment Re:What happems (Score 4, Insightful) 491

  Look at Hostess...the company was forced to close its doors and go bankrupt. The unions would NOT negotiate or budge enough on their demands to allow the company to continue. Rather than the unions negotiate...they stood their ground, forced the company into bankruptcy, and ALL jobs with them are now gone forever.

Whoa up there. Hostess went through 2 bankruptcies and 6 CEOs in the past decade. They went on an acquisition spree, bought a load of their own stock and went in debt to do it. Then they laid off half their people. The union agreed to big concessions at each step along the way. During the second bankruptcy, Hostess promised to modernize their plants. Instead, they lined the pockets of the CEOs and board. The union realized the company was being run into the ground and dug in.

  Much of what the union rightly worked for in the early days...working conditions, hours..etc...were long ago accomplished and codified into employment laws.

Those laws can be changed.

Comment Re:Just a cheap H1-B visa scam, "for the kids" my (Score 1) 257

  But, in practice in recent years, it's become nothing more than a way for big corps to skirt the free labor market and artificially suppress wages for skilled labor. You advertise a job at a ridiculously low wage, or with ridiculous requirements, and when no American worker responds or qualifies (because American programmers and engineers won't work for $30,000 ...

This hasn't just been the case in recent years, it has been the way the H1-B scheme has worked from the beginning. The place where I was working started doing this no sooner than the ink was dry on the H1-B legislation, more than 20 years ago.

Comment Re:Microsoft is practicing "Decimation" (Score 3, Informative) 407

  "... the Romans reserved this very harsh technique for unusual events. They were not dumb enough to do this to every unit on a routine basis!"

Neutron Jack was right about companies accumulating dead wood. They can and do. Used on a one time basis to get shed of non-productive workers, Rank and Yank is highly effective. But then they keep doing it on a routine basis. On subsequent iterations, they get rid of good people. They become so fixated on this process, it becomes an end in and of itself. I wonder whether Welch knew what he had set loose upon the world.

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