As I have said a number of times even paying a fixed relatively large salary like that, while better than what we have now, I feel doesn't go far enough. And no I am not being sarcastic. I like to contact my congress critters from time to time on this issue and in doing so I like to use the arguments that tech CEOs use. You know that there is a shortage, these people are critical, we can't find any American with the skills, etc. as well as pointing out what the H-1B program is for. Why not use their own rhetoric against them and make it seem like they are either lying or gaming the system. Either way it makes these CEOs look like the fools they are and maybe our congress critters will stop listening to them. My suggestion is that people brought in are the highest compensated people for the company they work for are are doing work for. Below is basically what I write to my congress critters
Hello [represenititive|senator] [name],
I am writing you today about the problems with our current H-1B visa program. It appears that companies are abusing this program in an attempt to drive down wages in the US tech sector. I am willing to take these companies at their word that the US is suffering a major tech worker shortage, that the workers that are available don't' have the necessary skill set, and that these workers are absolutely critical to the continued functioning of their companies. Because of this these must truly be exceptional people. These companies are stating that in a nation with over 300 million citizens there isn't a single person who has the necessary skill set to do the job. This right there means that these individuals are extremely rare and must have exceptional skills. Furthermore these positions are so critical that these companies cannot afford to train an individual who is currently in the US to have the necessary skills. This says that these people must be absolutely critical to the continued operation of the company, more so than any of the executives or CxOs as companies can survive the period it takes to find an new one of those. As such people with these highly desirable, in demand, rare, and critical skill sets should receive the highest total compensated of individuals at the companies they work for. Given that a large number of H-1Bs are used as contractors it seems only reasonable to state that they should be compensated at the higher level the company the work for or are performing work for to ensure that these highly skilled, essential individuals are properly compensated for their work. By total compensation I am referring to base salary, bonuses, benefits, stock options, relocation expenses, company provided housing and vehicles, etc. To avoid any questionable behavior the average of the highest total compensated individual over the previous 5 years at the company will be used to determine the appropriate compensation for these individuals. Once this simple change is made these companies should be allowed to bring in an unlimited number of these highly skilled, in demand, and critical individuals as they must truly be the most exceptional workers who would greatly benefit our nation.
Yes I am someone who does believe that we should buy more stuff from our own country when it makes sense. I have lots of good American made stuff but it is getting harder and harder to find but I also have lots of stuff made in other countries that is superior to American equivalents and I paid more for the higher quality. I have a very nice American made wire feed welder, a Swedish made hammer and dolly set, a Nepali made Kukri, an absolutely beautiful 1,000,000 knots per square meter silk on silk prayer rug from Kashmir, American and Japanese power tools, American and German hand tools, etc. I hate buying cheap crap as I am always let down.