At Christmas with the $2000 VISA bill coming due "the company" has the "at will employees" over a barrel since this information was not known prior.
It is time for IT to unionize. It is time for IT-USA to setup a trust-fund so that when this kind of misbehavior happens, the entire IT organization can walk and have a buffer to negotiate with "the company" or find new jobs.
With IT, it is symbiotic relationship between "the company" and the IT workers. Today data is the company and IT needs to make that data flow. If all of IT quits or bands together en mass in a work stoppage, the data will only flow for so long. The senior managers in the company are typically clueless as to how things operate at a day-to-day level.
So let's look at this and see what it would cost.
200 employees at $1000/week as stay afloat money = $200,000/week
So, if a fund existed with approximately $1,000,000 it could easily provide a buffer for either severance or negotiation. In order for this to work all the employees would have to band together and sign an agreement to quit and not offer any assistance to the company until they negotiated an offer that the majority of the employees agreed upon. At-will employment goes both ways.
The company would probably try to offer key players large sums to return and maintain operations but everyone would have to stand together.
Could this work if this fund existed or would it denigrate into "Lord of the Flies?"
On a side note, it is an overall longterm benefit to the USA, USA economy, and "the company" not to do things like this. The quarter-to-quarter "create shareholder value" mantra drives these myopic decisions. Sure would could continue to destroy every job and breakup and sell off parts of every company for a short-term profit, but long term it hurts all the players in an economy. How do we handle this?
Do we let the invisible hand of the market work?
Actually, scratch that, the invisible hand is dead as we saw in the financial crisis. The invisible hand was poised to wipe out most of the banking/mortgage industry and the government stopped the invisible hand by giving it piles and piles of cash.
So what is the new system?
How do we build a nation that has sustainability and offers good jobs?