Attention SEAINT list members:
As publicist for SEAOI (and former advocacy chairman of NCSEA) I continue
to receive numerous press releases, clippings on engineering issues from
engineering associations (AEA, AIE, NAE, AAES, ACEC, eWEEK, just to name
a few) ) from around the country.
One press release I wish to share with you since it is doubtful that an
engineering publications or association will publish this statement from AEA
If you wish to comment PLEASE contact Richard TAX, V.P. of AEA or send an
e-mail message to their web address..
Sorry if you consider this an intrusion into your cyberspace but I think the
content of the Press Release merits distribution for you to see.
P.O. Box 820473, Ft. Worth, Texas 76182-0473
For more information: Richard F. Tax (201) 664-6954
PRESS RELEASE: March 21, 2001
Congress Involved in Wage Busting
Congress is involved in Wage Busting of American workers while recently
seeking pay increases for themselves. Congressional members from both
Parties are involved in supporting wage busting of American workers by
introducing legislation to import foreign H1-B workers. Importing foreign
workers by the millions for more than a decade has a negative effect on the
income, jobs, and skill enhancement opportunities for American workers and
their young college graduates.
Although importing foreign labor affects many different occupations, the
American Engineering Association, Inc. is especially concerned about the
detrimental effects on High Tech workers, the Engineering Profession and U.S.
Thousands upon thousands of good technical jobs are being lost as Americans
are laid off by an astounding number of companies. The increased importation
of foreign high tech workers under the H-1B visa legislation now makes no
sense; "Except to those who benefit financially from the legislation."
Before we look off shore for foreign engineers industry should, at the very
least, expand their selection of personnel to the pool of "Over Qualified"
and senior more experienced American Engineers and High Tech workers cultured
by years of experience.
It is well known that raising salaries and benefits solves teacher shortages.
However, since this is really a Wage Busting issue this is not a
consideration for corporations employing large numbers of Engineers and High
Tech personnel. Congress has made it too easy for corporations to import
foreign labor and this has been going on for more than two decades supported
by one form of legislation or another.
This is clearly an issue of WAGE BUSTING, bought and paid for by Corporate
It is well known to the Engineering Community that wages have fallen and
wages for Contract Engineers are the same today as those paid in 1986. It is
also remarkable to note that although many Contract Engineers work out of
town and must maintain 2 residences, much like Congress, engineers are not
getting paid perdiem. Their living expenses or perdiem are taken out of
their base pay and this exemption is curtailed after their first year of
Bill Reed, AEA's president said "I can understand some of our Congressional
representatives being uninformed or not being on top of all the issues, but
to introduce legislation based on manpower shortage fabrications and opinion
and supporting it with the findings of NRC's biased committees is totally
inexcusable. Further, ignoring and disregarding factual information because
it is in opposition to their legislation is also unacceptable."
AEA's vice president, Richard F. Tax notes; "I can cite one, well known,
incident where the concerns of members of the Engineering Community were
ignored and we lost seven astronauts and the space shuttle Challenger. I
assure you, passing legislation based on lies, fabrications and Manpower
Shortage Propaganda will only create more problems. Here is an opportunity
to make corrections, put a hold on importing foreign workers, end this
travesty and investigate this whole situation."
AEA's Board of Directors unanimously agree that all legislation importing
foreign Engineers and High Tech workers under the H1-B provisions be
repealed, and in all layoffs, H1-B employees be laid off prior to U.S.