U.S. Labor Secretary calls to Hike the salary of H1-B visa holdersTop Stories

June 29, 2017 13:23
U.S. Labor Secretary calls to Hike the salary of H1-B visa holders

United States Labour Secretary, Alexander Acosta has made an appeal to hike the minimum salary of foreign workers on H-1B visas from the existing $60,000 to at least $80,000.

He told a Congressional panel that it should address the problem of replacement of American workers by foreign workers coming to the United State on H-1B visas.

“Congress has not updated that $60,000 threshold over time. If Congress were to update that simply for inflation, it would bring it up to well over $80,000 and many if not most of the situations like you have identified, would be eliminated because they would be below that $60,000 threshold,” Acosta told members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labour, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies.

“And so perhaps when that was enacted way back one, that was appropriate threshold, but I would encourage the Senator to look at that issue because I can’t imagine how one explains to the American worker that they have to train their foreign replacement and it has happened again and again and again,” Acosta said responding to a question from Senator Richard Durbin.

He mentioned the name of a  pharmaceutical company that told 150 of its IT employee that there were being terminated.

“They were terminated as long would get an extra benefit for their termination of one month of pay for every year of work if they agree to two things. First, they don’t say anything publicly about being fired. Secondly, they train their replacements. The replacements were H-1B visa holders from India,” Durbin alleged.

He claimed that more than half the H-1B visas go to two major outsourcing companies in India.


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